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Chef in ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ serves up a feast for the eyes
For me, that was a learning experience. As culinary consultant, he was asked to create the sumptuous buffet of gastro-porn seen throughout the film. They happen to be exactly feet across the road from a Michelin-starred classic French restaurant run by a stiff Madame Mallory, played by Helen Mirren. On one side of the road, Madame Mallory takes pride in a formal world of starched linen, heavy cream, fine wine and perfectly shined cutlery. You are not to eat with your hands unless it is to hold a slice of baguette.
The film stars Helen Mirren , Om Puri , Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon and is about a battle of two restaurants in a village: one by an Indian family and the other, a lofty Michelin-starred restaurant. The Kadam family ran a restaurant in Mumbai. The second-oldest son, Hassan Manish Dayal , was being groomed to replace his mother Juhi Chawla as the restaurant's main cook. However, a mob attacks and firebombs the restaurant over an election dispute. Papa Kadam Om Puri and his family evacuate the guests, but Mama is killed. Seeking asylum in Europe, the family first settles in London, where their residence proves ill-suited for a restaurant. They depart for mainland Europe.
Migration is narrowing the distance among the people of the world and Hollywood is curious about it. The dramatic and cultural tension is set. Unmasking her own chef as one of the culprits, she first challenges him with a lesson on what being French really means, then fires him on the spot. Once in Paris, Hassan no longer channels who he is into his work. Only his skills and expertise are wanted. Not only for those of us who move around the world to start a new life, but also for the societies that receive us.
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Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to play an eccentric French chef in a film adaptation of best-selling novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, according to reports. Richard C Morais' book tells the story of the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is feet away from a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France. The French restaurant is run by famous eccentric chef Madame Mallory, who becomes a reluctant mentor to a young Indian boy whose family owns the rival restaurant. Mirren has been linked to the role of Madame Mallory, but Dreamworks said no casting has been officially set. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?