The one sheet poster for Bitter Feast seems pretty standard. There's a sullen-looking man sitting at dining table in a blood-stained shirt. It looks to be yet another schlocky torture-porn horror film. But watch the trailer and you find out there's more than a few extra ingredients.
First, there's Mario Batali, who is in the movie playing (what else) a restaurateur. Second, the plot line reveals itself to be this: a chef kidnaps and tortures a food blogger, forcing him to do a series of cooking challenges and punishing him when he fails, all as revenge for ruining his career with a bad review.
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The film premiered last week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The filmmaker, Joe Maggio, was actually inspired to make it after reading an unfavorable Frank Bruni review of a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. He extrapolated from there. "Then I started thinking what I would do to Frank Bruni if I were Gordon Ramsay", Maggio said in an interview with Eater.com.