Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, is a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition.
The story is based on true events with some of the cast playing themselves. Through satire, it explores the contradictory forces at play in American assimilation, as well as the current state of the American Dream. These views are colored by Hartanto and Roden’s first hand experiences cooking in a Michelin rated restaurant and for celebrity chefs in New York and San Francisco.
From the Tribeca Film Festival Jurors: "This film celebrates the humanity and ingenuity of a character from the margins of society on a propulsive, fast-pedaling quest for the best tortilla in New York."
9.21.19 // The Dishwasher wins Best Narrative Short at Nashville and Best Dark Comedy & Best Actor at the Undo Divergent Film Awards.