‘Stage’ (verb; pronounced: stazhje) is a French term for an unpaid position where a cook works in a restaurant to learn the techniques and styles of a certain chef, restaurant, or region. For thousands of aspiring chefs, the opportunity to stage at a Michelin starred restaurant is not only a privilege but a compulsion.
Stage: The Culinary Internship follows a group of young chefs as they navigate their way through a nine-month contract at one of the best Michelin-starred kitchens in the world, Mugaritz, under world renowned Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. A candid look into the inner workings of the restaurant industry, Stage also reveals themes of passion, vulnerability, and overcoming all obstacles, exploring the reasons why these candidates leave it all behind to pursue a financially taxing, overwhelmingly difficult, and incredibly risky position. At every turn the unspoken — and sometimes very loudly spoken question — who can handle the heat? In English. Not Rated. Director: Abby Ainsworth (Canada 2019) 78 min