Escoffier School of Culinary Arts interview, 2013
ESCA Austin Campus Graduation Speech, 2016
TriBeca Film Festival, 2016
“Both a biopic of [Jeremiah Tower]and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of “celebrity chef … Key interviews with celebrities & celebrity chefs cement Tower’s influence on today’s food culture and reveal how he transformed the restaurant industry and in the process changed the way we eat.”
Press release, Tribeca Film Festival, 2016
“The Last Magnificent charts the life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef.”
Review on Facebook by Tony Angotti, Stars manager, April 2016
“I said I would post more about the film yesterday, so here I go. For those of us that worked at Stars and with Jeremiah there has always been an inability to describe exactly what it was like. A kind of a “you had to be there” to really understand what it was like. So hard to put into words as we were all caught up in the moment, doing our jobs.
I have to say, this incredibly well done storybook film about JT and Stars has finally captured the essence of the man and the times. They both can take their rightful place in history and all who see it will know the impact that JT and Stars had on the world of food as we know it today. Thank you Lydia Tenaglia for understanding how to make the story real for all of us with your incredible filmmaking. Thank you Anthony Bourdain for having the insight to know JT’s story needed to be told. I for one will always be honored to have worked with Jeremiah Tower and for Stars. It forever shaped my life. If you were there…you know.