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Chicago Chef Achatz to Star in Movie

grant achatzFrom the Chicago Tribune's Christopher Borrelli: Fly-on-the-wall filmmaker R.J. Cutler, whose celebrated history with cinéma vérité documentary includes producing “The War Room” (about the 1992 Clinton presidential run) and directing “A Perfect Candidate” (about Oliver North’s Senate candidacy), is headed to Chicago for a new film about chef Grant Achatz, the acclaimed chef and owner of Alinea. The title? “Taste.” Cutler told the Tribune the Grant Achatz story—Innovation! Legend! Tongue cancer!—will probably be his next project, but he is not sure when the shooting starts. He said he flew to Chicago for a meal at Alinea and decided “Grant is one of the great maestros. His work gets to the essence of what food is—of what creativity and taste is.” For his part, Achatz said that after last year’s profile in New Yorker magazine, he was flooded with film proposals and Cutler was one of the few filmmakers who approached him who felt genuine and honest.
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