BORSCH. THE SECRET INGREDIENT

  • Genre: documentary, culinary program
  • Type: documentary
  • Year: 2020
  • Status: completed
  • Production: FILM.UA
  • With support of: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Editor: Yuliya Kozyryatska

Meat-based or vegetarian, with or without beans, potatoes in or out, tomato sauce or real tomatoes added, dried mushrooms or smoked pears, or maybe just mom’s borsch? Which variant should be considered “the real thing”? The battles have been lasting for years. That is why Yevhen Klopotenko, a well-known chef, sets out on a journey across Ukraine to uncover the most fascinating borsch recipes and to find the secret ingredients which make this dish unique! During this trip, Yevhen reaches a conclusion that recipe components are not a priority but people and their values are! Secret ingredients from different regions and people are even cooler than falling in love! We’ll astonish you with borsch cooked on river water, with fish, dumplings, geese meat, sausages and even whisky and honey. We’ll offer you to taste borsch in Chernobyl nuclear power station canteen or just on a quay in the center of Uzhgorod, in “Highest Cuisine Restaurant” in Lviv, on a mountain peak in Transcarpathia, in artists’ summer residence, with Jews, Hungarians and Crimean Tatars… Find your unique secret ingredient!

Director: Dmytro Kochnev
Creative producer: Natalka Yakymovych
Director of photography: Yevgen Sakhno
Cast:

Host - Yevgen Klopotenko