Antonio De Benedetto is an Italian chef on a quest to change the world with food. His apprentices in the kitchen are Mirko Piras, a young man born with Down syndrome, who dreams of becoming a great chef and Jessica Berta who wants to be a pâtissière. Their kitchen is the beating heart of a restaurant and revolutionary hotel like no other. Both are staffed by young men and women with Down syndrome who come from across Italy to train and work in hospitality so they can take their place at the table of life.
My Big Fat Italian Kitchen, is their closely observed story told in first person by Mirko, Jessica and Antonio as narrators and story tellers. It’s a journey through their lives and dreams: a delicious, three act personal story with entrée, main course and a yummy dessert.
We have 95% of our budget committed - supported by Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Antidote Films, Soundfirm, AndyInc, and Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). The World Premiere will be MIFF 2020.