The above clip comes from "Portrait of a Bacon Enthusiast," winner of the first ever International Bacon Film Festival. Its filmmaker Michael Cameneti walked away from the event at New York’s Sunshine Cinema last week with a grand prize of $11,000 courtesy of the masterminds at Hormel Black Label Bacon. The company narrowed over 100 submissions from baconphiles down to 11 finalists. Here, Cameneti discusses his bacon passion and a bacon hangover.
What's your relationship to bacon? My dad always cooked us crispy bacon for breakfast. Since the very first time I can remember, I was hooked! I carry on the tradition with my kids. It's an obsession, a passion, and my favorite protein kick. I love to cook and almost all of my dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, yes, dessert include a bacon element.
What your favorite bacon dish? I'm currently suffering from what I call a bacon hangover. After the film festival, I hit my bacon dish climax with Stanton Social's "Big Sexy Burger" and literally couldn't stop eating them. Chefs Chris Santos [who hosted the Bacon Film Fest] and Jonathan Kavourakis top it with bacon, lettuce, American cheese and onions caramelized in Coca-Cola.
What's the strangest thing you’ve seen someone do with bacon? Last night there was a film called "The Drummer" and this guy was so obsessed with bacon that he invented a way to make a crispy taco shell out of bacon! Definitely going to attempt that feat when I get home.
Who was your biggest competition? Brandon Carter's "We Will Be Eating" because of the amazing cinematography, mystery, and dramatic effects. And"Baquon," which totally channeled one of my favorite show intros, Dexter. The editing was so great. The sound mixing and pacing were on point. The music and effects really enraptured me.
Done any other food films? This is my first foodie film, so it had to be about bacon, but it’s definitely not my last!