#HOTDOCS: “ANTS ON A SHRIMP”
Review by Siobhán Rich for Mr. Will Wong
One of the most anticipated events of Hot Docs is the immersive dining experience being offered by chef Justin Cournoyer following the May 1st screening of Maurice Dekker’s Ants on a Shrimp. Hosted by Eatable Films, The Canadian Landscape in 5 Courses, is a dinner that will change the way you think about Canadian cuisine.
Ants on a Shrimp follows chef Rene Redzepi of Noma fame as he and his team travel to Tokyo to create a unique 14-course meal that combines local Japanese flavours and ingredients with his own Danish atheistic. While much is made of Redzepi, the Film spends much of its time with the members of his team who help shape the Tokyo menu.
Although the Movie may scare people away from life in a professional kitchen, it will definitely inspire amateur foodies and lifelong epicurians to indulge. But rest assured, despite the chef’s notorious fanatical control over every aspect of the kitchen, accommodations can be made for more squeamish or dietary restricted diners, “Veg: no meat, no fish, but dairy and insects are okay.”
Justin Cournoyer’s Actinolite Restaurant is famous for using local ingredients in all their dishes. Chef is sure to amaze even the most jaded guest at his post-Movie dinner, The Canadian Landscape in 5 Courses. Fear not, I have been personally assured that no ants (living or otherwise) will make an appearance on your plate. For more information about this one in a lifetime dinner visit http://eatablefilms.com.
Sunday, May 1 at 6:45 p.m. Isabel Bader
Monday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. Hart House
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Isabel Bader
Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. Royal Cinema