This is the story of a boy named Hassan Kadam
(Manish Dayal) who grew up in Mumbai, India. It talked about his love affair with food and how he grew up to appreciate the different flavours and being able to master his craft in the kitchen. Fast forward to the present, Hassan and his family arrived at the South of France and bought a property which they intend to build a restaurant on. The challenge? It's a hundred-feet opposite the famous Michelin starred restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Will they be able to succeed?
For one thing, this is a movie that you shouldn't watch with an empty stomach or without any snack on hand. Trust me. On the first 10 minutes of the movie, I felt my mouth water as soon as Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) came out on screen with a huge board topped with cheese and bread. Luckily, I went prepared with my Egg Mayo with Honey Mustard and Sweet Onion Vinaigrette Wrap to munch on.
How Hassan shared his journey in discovering the wonderful flavours of each dish and how being able to let these flavours create magic in every bite is something I can totally understand and relate to. For me, eating is an art. It's not just one that you have to do to stay alive but it's that special moment where you allow yourself to indulge and enjoy an endless variety of flavors. As I always say, one should live to eat! Every time I cook, I always remember what my mom tells me : "We should always cook from the heart". Cooking is like playing an instrument, you follow your instinct, allow yourself to be creative and just let the flavors flow. It's also important to be in a happier mood when you cook to be able to have a better finished product. :)
Luckily, Paul and I were able to have a sneak peek of this gastronomical movie a few nights ago. It's something that I highly recommend to all food lovers out there. Don't believe me? Check out the preview below:
August 28, 2014: Singapore
September 17, 2014: Philippines
The Hundred-Foot Journey
stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. What makes it interesting is that it's produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake.
*photo credits: Buena Vista International Singapore page
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