THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!
During my recent press trip to Los Angeles two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to privately screen The Hundred-Foot Journey with 24 other fantastic bloggers. The Hundred-Foot Journey is produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Starring Academy Award-Winner Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal (we had a chance to interview Manish…that will be on the blog tomorrow), Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.
This movie will make you laugh and cry. It’s filled with love, heartbreak, laughter and FOOD. Every bite takes you home in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Thanks to our cooking lesson at Le Cordon Bleu, we got to experience how food can really bring you home.
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” 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, 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 into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine — and for Madame 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 Madame Mallory cannot ignore. At first Madame 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, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one young man’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
Please note that this post contains spoilers.
The Hundred-Foot Journey begins where young Hassan learns the importance of how to cook with his mother in India. You can see that his palate is very distinguished as he can taste the individual ingredients for what they are and with his mother’s help, learns how to bring those flavors into every dish.
Tragedy hits when Hassan (Manish Dayal) loses his mother to a fire and the remaining members of his family are forced to find a new home. During their journey, their car gets a flat and they are “saved” by Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Marguerite shows them kindness and feeds them fresh, homemade French foods… something that entices Hassan and the rest of the family.
Though seen as outcasts in this small village in France, Papa (Om Puri) is determined to build a new restaurant at a location that happens to sit directly across the street from a prestigious french restaurant ran by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) and Marguerite is one of the sous chefs. Madame Mallory is uptight, extremely competitive, and refuses to accept this new restaurant. She feels the new restaurant is an eye sore and the music is too loud. She is not willing to give the Kadam family any support, because she views them not as competition but as a distraction.
Hassan had a natural ability to fuse Indian spices into every recipe… creating the perfect dishes. He wanted to learn and grow. He took his knowledge of Indian cooking and began to blend it with French cuisines.
It’s not until the Kadam family is put through HELL that she finally decides to give Hassan a chance, though deep-down she has always known that Hassan had a true talent for cooking. Marguerite told Hassan that Madame Mallory hires chefs based on one bite of an omelette. In one bite she can tell if a chef has what it takes to be excellent. The injured Hassan wants to prove his capabilities to Madame Mallory, so he convinces her to try his omelette… but he needs her help. She works with him, follows his directions, and helps him cook an omelette. She takes a bite… and the fusion of Indian spices truly entice her taste buds… so she takes another and another.
Hassan became a chef in Madame Mallory’s restaurant, bringing honor and respect to his family. He flourished and pursued his career to learn new techniques.
I don’t want to spoil the ending…so please go see The Hundred-Foot Journey tomorrow in a theater near you!
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Disclosure: Disney invited me on this press trip and is paying all of my expenses (except travel). No other compensation is being received. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.