CH-04. Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 96 min
“The liveliest bio of a restauranteur that has ever been made.” HUFFINGTON POST
In the ‘40s at age 18, Ella Brennan went to work at her brother’s bar on Bourbon Street. She eventually caused a revolution in the American Food movement, and became a household name in the restaurant industry. Ella pushed her chefs (like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse) to the forefront, helping to launch the celebrity chef phenomenon. As the owner of a James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Commander’s Table, Ella, along with her family of Brennan restaurateurs, controls a big slice of New Orleans’ billion-dollar dining industry. We see the effervescent life of Ella as she walks her restaurants, befriends customers and shepherds her staff. This film is directed by Academy Award-nominee Leslie Iwerks.
Directed by Leslie Iwerks
Restaurateur Alex Brennan (son of Ella) in person