Only one Bay Area traveler would pack abalone for a trip to France.

That would be the acclaimed chef David Kinch, whose journey to collaborate and cook with three other top toques is chronicled in “A Chef’s Voyage,” a 90-minute documentary premiering this Friday, Sept. 18.

This meeting of the culinary minds was planned as a 15th anniversary celebration for Manresa, his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Los Gatos. To represent the best of coastal California cuisine in Paris, Provence and Marseille, the film’s co-stars — sous chefs, pastry chefs and the like — had to leave room in their suitcases for local seasonings and ingredients such as the aforementioned abalone on ice.

In “Voyage,” we see the team overcome jet lag and language barriers to prepare nine top-tier meals in 10 days in the kitchens of Le Taillevent, L’Oustau de Baumanière and Le Petit Nice.

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