Cooking History
Cooking History

Cooking History

Director Peter Kerekes

Production year 2009

Length 88min.

Country Austria/Slovakia/Czech Republic/Finland


A group portrait of military cooks from all over Europe who have served in diverse armies and witnessed the European wars of the 20th century. Their recollections tap into subjective views of historical events and ones that diverge in some respects from conventional history. They take us behind the scenes of dates, facts, declarations of war, battles, and peace agreements. Cooking History shows the little secrets of these people, opens up a dimension of history one will not find in textbooks or archives. The directness of the anecdotes and destinies of the people in this film convey a sense of life and death within the “war apparatus,” and a sense of hope, longing, and survival strategies in the midst of destruction and despair.


Vienna Film Prize | Vienale, Austria, 2009

The FIPRESCI Jury Award | Leipzig IFF, Germany, 2009

Golden Hugo Award for the Best Documentary | Chicago IFF, USA, 2009

Special Jury Prize | HotDocs, Toronto, Canada, 2009


Peter Kerekes
Peter Kerekes



Ralph Wieser, Georg Misch


Peter Kerekes

Director of Photography

Martin Kollár

Music by

Marek Piaček


Daniel Němec


Marek Sulik

Production company(ies)

Mischief Films

Peter Kerekes

Born 1973, Košice, Slovakia. Graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 1998. After his studies he continued as a lecturer and co-founded the Department of Feature and Documentary Film along with Dusan Hanak. His first full-length documentary as producer and director, 66 SEASONS, had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 20 03. The following year, he collaborated with fellow filmmakers Pavel Lozinsky (Poland), Jan Gogola (Czech Republic), Robert Lakatos (Hungary), and Blijana Cekic-Veselic (Slovenia) on Across the Border, an omnibus film bringing together a series of meditations on the idea of “border”. He has since produced and directed the documentary Cooking History.


Jozsef Balogh, Pribenik (1996), The Legends and Morytates of Ladomirova (2003), 66 Seasons (2003), Across the Border: Five Views from Neighbours (segment Helpers, 2004), Cooking History (2009)

FILMS 2010