On your mark, get ‘Set!’: Competitive tablescaping is focus of new film

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The only male competitor in the group, Tim Wyckoff has been setting tables competitively for 30 years. Tim is forced to scavenge for supplies for his table to complete his vision this year as he struggles to find employment. Photo courtesy of Jon Salmon.

While looking for shade and a place to set his cold beer at the Orange County Fair, filmmaker Scott Gawlik discovered the art of tablescaping by fluke. What happened next was his deep dive into the world of table setting competition. In his new film “Set!” Gawlik follows competitors who spend thousands of dollars and prepare up to 6 months in advance, getting that salad fork in the right position while dreaming up decor bringing themes such as “international travel” to life in the dining room. The documentary is streaming now on Discovery+.

Scott Gawlik follows a group of determined table setters in the funny and sometimes jaw dropping new documentary, “SET!” Photo courtesy of Discovery+.



Evan Kleiman