A new film that follows Georges Perrier's final days at Le Bec-Fin is worth digging into.
The new documentary King Georges follows three years in the life of chef Georges Perrier.
Even after more than 40 years Georges Perrier still enjoys cooking. Whether it’s behind the burners at a national culinary event or a private dinner for friends, he does it, in part, to stay sharp. “It keeps my hand in the pot,” Perrier says. “You sort of lose your touch if you don’t keep cooking.” Nowhere is Perrier’s deft culinary skill more deeply felt than in the new documentary King Georges. Filmmaker and Philadelphia native Erika Frankel followed the chef during the final days of his famed French dining room Le Bec-Fin, once known as one of the best restaurants in the world and the gold standard of Philly dining for a generation.
Alternately humorous and thoughtful, Perrier’s back-of-the-house antics are a stark contrast to the front-of-the-house formality. Of his culinary legacy, Perrier hopes that he is an inspiration for aspiring chefs. “Young people want to be superstars instead of putting in the work. You’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices to be a chef—especially to be a chef as good as I was.”