The Farmer and the Chef
Directed by Michael Whalen
He is a world famous chef with one of best restaurants in the world. She is a Biodynamic® farmer known worldwide for her award winning heirloom tomatoes. And one thing connects them…. the food served at Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos, California. Together this farmer and this chef are revolutionizing how diners experience a modern Californian meal.
The Farmer & The Chef is a 1-hour documentary that takes you behind the scenes to see how two creative geniuses grow and serve the perfect meal at two-Michelin Star restaurant Manresa. Watch Cynthia Sandberg move from a 2-acre garden to a 21-acre farm that needs to be transformed into the new Love Apple Farms. And follow Chef Kinch as he remodels Manresa and confronts the new challenges of cooking with a ten fold increase of product. It’s about the passion two people have for farming and cooking in a way that respects and pays homage to their local environment.
Join the Director, Chef and Farmer & Winemaker for a Q&A after the film and a tasting of her gourmet tomatoes paired with Deerfield wines by winemaker Robert Rex!
Michael Whalen’s credits include writing, producing and directing over 100 hours of documentary programming for The Discovery Channel, A&E, NBC, FOX, The Learning Channel and PBS on such series as Biography, Super Structures, COPS and Sightings.
His first independent feature documentary “Another First Step” received the Cine Golden Eagle, the Bronze Plaque from the 42nd Annual Columbus Awards, and was nominated for a student Academy Award. His other films include; “FRESH Women” which was an official selection at the 2008 Santa Cruz Film Festival, “A Christmas in Tent City” which screened at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, “A Question of Habit,” narrated by Susan Sarandon, was broadcast on PBS in January 2012 and his most recent release “Gringos at the Gate” was broadcast on ESPN Deportes in October 2013.
Mike received his BA in Communication from Santa Clara University and MFA in Film and TV Directing at UCLA. In addition to his network television and independent film work, Mike is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University where he teaches film and television production and history.
For more details on his work visit www.whalenfilms.com