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Tale of 3 restaurants leaves viewers hungry for more ★★ 1/2
You want a documentary about food, restaurants and the earnest, driven chefs in the kitchen to be special, as special as the filmmakers consider their subjects. With "Spinning Plates," writer-director and Food Network alum Joseph Levy settles for breezy generalities and lots of talk about pushing boundaries and the importance of community. But the three restaurants taking center stage, including Grant Achatz's "molecular gastronomy" Chicago superstar, Alinea, are interesting enough to compensate for the heavily promotional vibe.
October 24, 2013