From the director of ‘Chocolat’, produced by Spielberg and Oprah, and acted by Helen Mirren (with a French accent, no less!), this new movie promises to provide rather predictable plot lines and to be a bit over-produced (it’s from Dreamworks). But food becomes the lead character and ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey” deserves viewing by any food enthusiast.
The contemporary plot involves an upstart Indian Chef whose family moves in across the street from Mirren’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The ensuing clash is predictable but fun to watch, as the young upstart brings a freshness to the French foodways and traditions, and as he adapts his own style to create a fusion of the two.
Did I mention Helen Mirren plays lead? So it’s automatically on our watch list, French accent or not.
And I’ll enjoy each of the beautifully-shot food scenes, given the high expectations set by foodie director Lasse Hallström in his classic ‘Chocolat’. As if his credentials weren’t enough, know that NY Chef Floyd Cardoz (Tabla, North End Grill) consulted on the food (see recipe, below) and that Cardoz was a leader in the New Indian Cuisine scene – the marriage of traditional Indian spices with Western technique.
Try the recipe at home, and if you like it, try the movie too!
Wine Tips – Indian food has complex spices and a touch of heat, all of which work well with a surprisingly sweet Mosel Riesling – I’d say Spatlese or Auslese. Even those not fond of sweet wines will find that it comes alive when paired with Indian dishes, as does the food itself. Enjoy! (Click the image, below, to see a print-ready version)