Mise en Place... a documentary about a college culinary team. Cooking is at the center of the action, but the primary focus is on teaching and education. It is a story about young people maturing, learning, competing, and striving for excellence. SUNY Delhi, a small public college nestled in upstate New York’s picturesque Catskill Mountains, is recognized as having one of the best Culinary Arts Programs in the nation. For the last ten years, Delhi student teams have been cooking, competing…and winning!
The documentary follows the five-member team during 2009-2010 school year. Our cameras were “flies on the wall” as viewers follow the students from try-outs in September, through the busy school year to final competitions in the spring. Viewers will get an in-depth
look into a fascinating world that many people don’t know about. But, more importantly, the documentary will be about the students—young men and women who come from ordinary rural and urban backgrounds, typically from working-class or struggling families, and who, for the most part, were not able to attend elite, expensive colleges. Instead, they are preparing for the demanding and competitive world of high cuisine. According to team coach, Chef Tom Recinella, “the students continually perform at a level that goes well beyond their years,” and their preparation for competition is, in important ways, preparation for life.
The MARK Project, a 501(c)3 is fiscal sponsor for the project. Funds for production of this documentary have been provided by the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, Inc, the Roxbury Arts Group, and private donors.