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An inspiring journey through culinary brilliance and resilience in the face of adversity.


Directed by Nick Cavalier, ‘Kasama’ is a cinematic-style documentary that chronicles the meteoric rise of a Chicago-based Filipino bakery and restaurant. The film plunges viewers into the soul-stirring story of a Michelin-starred eatery, born amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. The spotlight is on the powerhouse duo of husband-and-wife executive chefs, Genie Kwon and Tim Flores, delivering an experience that’s as heartwarming as it is delectable. Themes of creativity, culture, history, and family are intricately woven into this rich tapestry.

The film kicks off with a captivating introduction to Genie and Tim, who nostalgically recount their childhood culinary dreams and their shared vision to bring Filipino-inspired patisserie and cuisine to America. As the narrative unfolds, viewers are invited to feast their eyes on an array of their mouth-watering creations – a visual and gustatory delight. The touching inclusion of Kwon and Flores’ proud parents adds layers of nostalgia and warmth, deepening the narrative with personal and emotional resonance.

Amidst the havoc wreaked by COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, Genie and Tim’s unyielding dedication to their craft shines brilliantly as they weather the storm to keep their dream alive. Their journey is a gripping saga of passion, resilience, and victory, tracing their path from aspiring chefs to the masterminds behind a Michelin-starred marvel. Their story is nothing short of inspirational and heartening.

Cavalier’s documentary is a bold celebration of the culinary genius and tenacity of Kasama’s executive chefs. The high-end cinematography and masterful post-production turn this film into a visual symphony, filled with irresistible food porn that will leave you ravenous for more. ‘Kasama’ is a must-watch for anyone yearning for an inspiring and visually spectacular voyage into the heart of culinary brilliance.



Runtime: 17 min


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