On Friday, DreamWorks Pictures released “The Hundred-Foot Journey” movie, based on the novel of the same name by author Richard C. Morais. The movie stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon, and is produced by big names such as Juliet Blake, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
Official Site: http://100footjourneymovie.com/
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I can’t wait to see this film because it entwines my love of food and France into one comedic movie. Come back tomorrow when I give you a few recipes inspired by the film! You should also know that acclaimed chef Floyd Cardoz served as a consultant and advised on the recipes in the film.
(Information provided by 42West)