Director: Weijun Chen
Runtime: 30 minutes
With an official plaque to prove it, The West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, China, holds the title of the world’s largest restaurant. With a staff of nearly 1000 – including 300 chefs – and 5000 seats, West Lake is a combination mini-theme park and eatery, featuring live entertainment and landscaped pools and pavilions. Overseeing the enterprise is its savvy and energetic owner, Qin Linzi, who uses military efficiency and martial songs to motivate her employees. This four-part documentary was produced by Lawrence Elman and directed by Weijun Chen.