The Cooking Olympics - World's Best Kept Secret

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17th Century or Earlier,18th Century,19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s

Dean Jeffrey Kropp

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MC Banzer created the first International Culinary Art Exhibition in 1900 Frankfurt, Germany. The German Chefs Association would be forced to join the Nazis. Hitler takes over the event and has the last culinary competition in 1937. Banzer dies in September 1945. He will never know if it continued.



Short Summary

Banzer is in his chef's office when he gets a phone call from Hitler's office informing him that there will be a visit from Wolkersdörfer. We go back in time showing Banzer as a young boy at his father's office where the man cuts suits. Banzer goes into the hotel business with a focus on the chefs.

After World War II, the Swiss Chefs Association hold the HOSPES Culinary competition in Bern, Switzerland where the United States is represented by a team of chefs for the first time ever. The chefs astound the world with their food. It was such a big success that a U.S. Culinary Team was formed.


Frankfurt, Germany

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Matthaeus Carl Banzer

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Gracious,Leader,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Queen Frederick (1840 – 1901) was born Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa

Age: 54

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Blunt,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Baron Pierre Frédy de Coubertin (1863 – 1937)

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Masculine,Skillful,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Adolph Hitler

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Uneducated,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

The Cooking Olympics – World’s Best Kept Secret. This is not a cookbook. It’s an historically modern reenactment of how culinary competitions started in 1900 Germany. Producers want you to think that cooking competition shows on TV are brand new. They are for TV, but really they are not new. In fact, competing in cooking competitions has been around for over 120 years now. So this is the first time that you are hearing about it because this book has never been documented before in the United States. It really has been the world’s best-kept secret up until now. When food and greatness come together, it is really something to see. Chefs explain how they changed the foodscape of the United States and of the world. This book contains some Olympic Games history because the Cooking Olympics and the Olympic Games started within four years of each other. The restart of the Olympic Games in 1896 fueled the start of the cooking Olympics in 1900 Frankfurt, Germany that was the one-two punch that set the culinary world into high gear. Germany was always striving to be a super power. It took guts to start a cooking event especially with all of the turmoil that kept Europe busy for centuries. With Germany’s loss of World War I, it may have died there. But one guy with a bone to pick, marched into Germany and joyfully took it over. Hitler was able to provide a united front while working under the table to take over the world.

About The Author

Dean Kropp was schooled to be a chef. He also received European training to be a pastry chef that was his main liking during his career. Kropp also cooked for movie stars on sets from 1996 until a car accident ended his career in August of 2000. Ironically, Kropp began his career in short order flipping eggs and burgers, which lead him to culinary school. He ended his career flipping eggs on commercial sets mainly for Dave Thomas of Wendy’s whenever they did commercials. Kropp also competed in culinary competitions; which is a challenging task in itself. He competed in Chicago, Memphis, Montego Bay, Jamaica and at the 1996 Culinary Olympics in Berlin, Germany. After falling ill to injuries suffered by no fault of his own, Kropp spent from 2000 until 2020 rehabilitating the multiple severe injuries. By 2018, there was light at the end of the tunnel. Kropp began writing this book on Super Sunday in February 2018. Now, with the unheralded combination of the onset of COVID-19 coupled with Mr. George Floyd’s murder, Kropp used the time to finish writing this book. Very upset with these circumstances, Kropp’s hope is that we all get through this and make a better world for our future generations to come.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



ISBN number; 9798656425827




This story describes how the Culinary Oylmpics came to be. Banzer details the history of the events and his time competing.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does not accurately reflect the book. The book is more of a chronicle of the Culinary Olympics instead of a story that involves Hitler and Nazis. This book is not plot driven, it documents Banzer's research and his involvement in the competition.

Draw of Story

The story did not draw me in at all. It is very disjointed, jumping back and forth from 1900 -2020. It also talks about corona virus but is thrown in to make it current. It adds nothing to the story and is very out of place.

Possible Drawbacks

The book is not told as fiction. It reads more like a encyclopedia of the relatively unknown competition in the culinary world. It touches on historical moments and how they affected the event throughout the 20th and 21st century.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is the history of the Culinary Arts Olympics told from the perspective of one of the competitiors, Banzer. This story would be interesting as a look into the Culinary world and a major competition for chefs to compete in.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase if reworked. The story does not work as is but the Culinary Olympics as a subject for a documentary or docu-series would work. It could follow some of the contestants leading up to the competitions and during it while detailing the history of the events.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential as a documentary. If it follows the current Culinary Olympics, showing the competition and the drama surrounding the multiple countries competing against each other.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The subject of the prestigious culinary competition is original, with all the worlds countries competing. The story could be more unique if turned into a competition documentary instead of a rambling list of facts. The documentary could follow the underdog as they prepare and compete.

Lead Characters

The lead character does not stand out and there is not a real sense of the character because the story jumps from all different events and time periods. Many of the stories do not involve the lead character because the story jumps around over a 120 year span.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem and reads like the inner dialogue of the lead character. It could be improved by using the Culinary Olympics as the subject and focus on the chefs and teams from different countries. The dramatics would surround the events, time in the kitchen and the eventual winner.

Possible Formats

TV Series - Streaming, Unscripted

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

To recommend, I would suggest focusing on the competition and bring it to the present. The book looks at the past but it could document the competition. This would open up for multiple storylines.