J.D.’s review published on Letterboxd :
I don't really know what to say except it's like a slightly more victorious/triumphant and lighthearted take on mastery of one's craft than Black Swan & Whiplash but of course that's not all (and not at all) that's going on in this movie.
EDIT: How embarrassing. The thread about Tampopo perfecting her noodles was a parody of American sports movies as pointed out by @gemko. letterboxd.com/gemko/film/tampopo/