Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer and Chef Sebastien Canonne

Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer and Chef Sebastien Canonne. As seen in Kings of Pastry. Credit: Chris Hegedus

POV kicks off its 24th season with the American broadcast premiere of Kings of Pastry tonight (Tuesday, June 21, 2011) on PBS. Check your local listings.

When Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (The War Room, and Dont Look Back) turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the country’s Nobel Prize for pastry, you’re in for a treat. In Kings of Pastry, 16 chefs, including Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters and successes prove both poignant and hilarious.

Once you’ve witnessed the high drama of the mother of all pastrymaking competitions, the film experience continues at POV’s website:

And come back to POV’s website at 10 AM ET on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, for a chance to enter a giveaway contest for cool Kings of Pastry prizes!

POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep us with us at, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.