“A kitchen revolution bridging intellectual disability, the culinary arts and hospitality”

– Police inspector


15 April-31 May

Director – Trevor Graham
Running Time – 98 mins
Documentary / Italy-Australia / 2021

Nominee, Australian Screen Music Awards 2021

Film maker Trevor Graham has produced a complete charmer of a film out of something that normally gets shunted into the too-hard basket. Graham follows the work of chef Antonio de Benedetto, who runs the Tacabanda hotel/restaurant in the Piedmont region of Italy. The difference is, Antonio has two apprentices who have Down’s Syndrome. Thanks to what looks like an unquenchable well of good humour and inclusion, Antonio guides, compliments, and supports trainees Mirko and Jessica as they get to grips with the intricacies of life, pasta bashing and bed making. The charming filmic style of Jenni Meaney and a delightful score from Cezary Skubiszewski help pull a smorgasbord of smiles over the two aspiring professionals as they “take their place at the table of life and find their pathway to freedom and independence.” Like a great meal this film leaves a warm feeling and delightful after-taste.