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The Cook of the Unexpected - Dominique Othenin-Girard - Switzerland

The Cook of the Unexpected

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The Cook of the Unexpected (Le cuisiner de l’inattendu, 2007)

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard


How can we explain the success of some exceptional chefs? Some answers might suggest that it can come through practice; others might say it is talent, and still others will say it's just luck. Eurochannel takes you to Canton Vaud, Switzerland, to discover the true answer by following a talented local chef in The Cook of the Unexpected.

The Cook of the Unexpected is a documentary directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard (known for his work in commercial cinema with the horror movies Halloween 5 and Omen IV: The Awakening), which aims to deliver the secrets of a successful restaurateur. This original documentary shows how Christophe Ziegert applies his philosophy to both Switzerland's cuisine and the management of his business.

Exploring firsthand how this Swiss food hotspot is managed, viewers are taken on a journey through the flavors and harmony of the table. Welcome to the subtly tasteful world of Swiss restaurants and cuisine!


Star chef Christophe Ziegert is the founder and owner of the famous Auberge de Bugneau in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. “Le cuisiner de l’inattendu” introduces the great chef’s amazing and rather complex philosophy. By no means a cookery course, the film journeys into the world of taste with humor and inspiration and captures Ziegert at work, giving his all in the kitchens and to his eleven staff members.

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