Pressure Cooker

Overview

Philadelphia's Frankford High School isn't exactly the kind of place one would expect to find the world's next great culinary talent, but in this documentary from filmmakers Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman, food enthusiasts discover why that concept may not be so far fetched after all. Their lives complicated by financial woes, broken homes, and abusive pasts, three Frankford High seniors find an unlikely ally in the form of culinary arts teacher Wilma Stephenson. Stephenson's kitchen isn't a place for the ...
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Overview

Philadelphia's Frankford High School isn't exactly the kind of place one would expect to find the world's next great culinary talent, but in this documentary from filmmakers Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman, food enthusiasts discover why that concept may not be so far fetched after all. Their lives complicated by financial woes, broken homes, and abusive pasts, three Frankford High seniors find an unlikely ally in the form of culinary arts teacher Wilma Stephenson. Stephenson's kitchen isn't a place for the faint of heart, but for those who can take the heat she's the best friend an aspiring chef could ever want. As the citywide cooking competition for scholarships to the country's top culinary art institutions draws near, these three students will be forced to set aside the usual high school distractions of school dances and football games in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at living their dreams.
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Special Features

Bonus scenes; Wilma update
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • UPC: 720229914260
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,918

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Mark Becker Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Jennifer Grausman Director, Producer
Leigh Iacobucci Cinematographer
Myna Joseph Co-producer
Peymon Maskan Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald Newkirk Score Composer
Prince Paul Score Composer
Justin Schein Cinematographer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Diane Weyermann Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pressure Cooker
1. Culinary Arts Class [9:57]
2. Teachers' Luncheon [6:56]
3. Prelims Practice [5:53]
4. Everybody Has a Story [6:29]
5. Preliminaries [11:19]
6. Making It to the Finals [14:07]
7. Spring Break [9:19]
8. Last Practice [5:35]
9. Day of Finals [8:08]
10. Judge and Student Interviews [5:27]
11. The Prom [4:51]
12. Awards Breakfast [4:50]
13. Graduation [2:51]
14. Credits [3:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pressure Cooker
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Bonus Scenes
         Cheerleading Practice
         Fatoumata Badminton
         Recruiting Dudley
         Taco Night at Erica's
         Toya Flipping Burgers
         Jerome's Drive
      Updates
      Biographies
      Study Guide
      DVD Gallery
         Dancing Across Borders
         Food Beware
         Prodigal Sons
         The Most Dangerous Men In America
   First Run Features
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