Ella Brennan emerged as a trailblazer in the modern American food movement, propelling her chefs into the forefront and contributing significantly to the rise of the celebrity chef phenomenon. Her unwavering dedication and pioneering spirit continue to inspire and shape the culinary world.
She was so famous that she was the subject of several headlines, magazines, and even a documentary of her own, titled Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table. The latter went on to gain critical acclaim. Read more about it in the writings ahead.
A Bit About Ella Brennan’s Documentary, Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table
The documentary Ella Brennan Commanding The Table was released in 2016 on Netflix.
In the documentary, Ella stands as an iconic figure within the restaurant industry. The movie portrays Brennan as the inspirational matriarch of the sprawling Brennan family in New Orleans.
The documentary shows how her indomitable spirit played a pivotal role in the success of both Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace. The film features several interviews with Ella’s chefs, celebrity cooks, family members, and friends.
Video: Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table Teaser
Commanding The Table is available on Apple TV online for $3.99. For buying, the price is set at $12.99.
Commanding The Table is executive produced by Debra Shriver. The film is long enough to maintain the viewer’s interest. It very well encompasses the milestones of Brennan’s personal and professional years. The documentary interestingly showcases the parallels between restaurant history and the modern culinary world.
Commanding The Table, for the most part, shows Brennan’s life as a steady upward climb. The film however has criticisms for skipping her dark days – for instance, her marriage to an alcoholic husband, Paul Martin, and a bitter family dispute in 1974. The documentary nevertheless deeply alludes to the class and regional consciousness and prejudice of Creole cuisine.
Commanding The Table is a monolog of beautiful imagery, especially the food shots. It is definitely a must-see for people who like a powerful success story or who just like good and exquisite food.
It is a strong biography as well as an equally compelling story of the restaurant industry, survival, food, and culture, and also a bit of New Orleans.
The documentary film has an IMDb rating of 8.6, 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 96 on Google Likes. It has a run time of 1 hr 36 min. Commanding The Table is from the director, Leslie Iwerks. Iwerks is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary director and producer. She is also the granddaughter of Disney animation designer Ub Iwerks.
The film also won Iwerks an Audience Award at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival.