Starred cosmopolitanism: Celebrity chefs, documentaries, and the circulation of global desire

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Abstract

Several documentaries about celebrity chefs were released between 2010 and 2012, building on trends that have turned knowledge of and access to fine dining restaurants into a crucial arena for globalized elite's construction of social status and cultural capital. The analysis of three of these films - Three Stars, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Step up to Your Plate - indicates how media contribute to the formation of a global canon of practices, performances, and discourses that naturalize the accomplished, knowledgeable, and male chef trained in established and prestigious food traditions as the culinary ideal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-339
Number of pages25
JournalSemiotica
Volume2016
Issue number211
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • chefs
  • documentary
  • food
  • gastronomy
  • masculinity
  • restaurants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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