Let them make cake.

And I thought the Tour de France was the penultimate French sporting event. Mais non. It’s the M.O.F. pastry competition.

Only held every four years, qualifying chefs compete over three days in epic feats involving spun sugar, mountains of chocolate, tortuous turns of piped icing, and sculptural concoctions that make “Ace of Cakes” look like amateur hour. And it all has to taste good. The victorious are honored as a M.O.F. (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France) — e.g. one of the best craftsmen in France — in the art, science, skill, chemistry and endurance sport of French desserts.

D.A. Pennebaker‘s documentary on the competition, “Kings of Pastry,” will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you’ll never again look at French pastry without reverence and awe.

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