This is a different post from what I usually write, but I just feel I have to say this.
It has taken me a few days to really digest Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s (DR) noma documentary.
I knew DR was filming at noma and that there would be a broadcast this autumn. During my lunch and dinners at the restaurant I’ve been filmed several times while eating the food at my table, sharing a meal with blogger friends, having drinks at the bar or talking to Rene Redzepi, chatting with Heston Blumenthal, playing football at Mr. Burns’ football cup. After hours and hours of filming I imagined a series of 3-4 episodes showing noma behind the sceene – both in the kitchen and in the front.
What did we get? One single hour and with the uniform focus on Rene’s, at times, rough tone in the kitchen.
I’m really sad. This could have been such an exciting documentary that would have broadened our minds. But now DR has probably shut out any further opportunity for the press’ future access to behind the scenes of gourmet restaurants. If so, I understand, and I am really puzzled by why the portrait was angled like that.
I would much rather have seen the documentary drawing a picture of noma as a whole and with all aspects of the restaurant.
Why didn’t we for example see how they plan a day at noma, how they assign customers to tables, how they train the waiters, how they hire staff and what they say during an interview, how they start the working day in the morning? There are so many immensely interesting views to this fantastic and really unique working place. Of course the quick temper is a part of the story – but it’s not the whole story.
I fully understand if everyone at noma feels hoodwink.
I’m disappointed. DR could have made a beguiling noma documentary but they failed by turning it into yet another story of an angry chef.