Ludo Lefebvre On Potatoes
A film documenting LA based French chef Ludovic "Ludo" Lefebvre's tribute to the humble, diverse potato. Having recently brought together a small project on the potato in an Irish context it is interesting to now see it spoken about in an international manner. In Ireland we may like to think of it as our vegetable but its relevance is global.
There are over 4,000 different varieties of potato, from reds, whites, yellows and purples - each containing distinctive qualities that make the flavour, colour, shape and texture of the potato different and suitable for various uses. This film documents Ludo's love, experience and knowledge of potatoes and their varied qualities and uses. Having learned early in his career that the best ingredients create the best meals, the film begins in Ludo's car as he drives out into the countryside to visit Alex, one of his oldest suppliers whom he trusts to supply the best produce. Ludo claims that he gets a lot of inspiration from where he finds his ingredients, and even references the location when observing and noting the qualities and taste of the French Fingerling Potato he brings back from his harvest.
'You can steam them, boil them, roast, fry, mash. There are so many things you can do with potatoes. I sometimes make ice-cream potatoes, I do that too.'
Video: Video commissioned by Nowness, diected by David Gelb
Quote: Ludo Lefebvre
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