12 food films to watch during quarantine

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Based on a 2010 novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of two competing restaurants in a tiny French village in the commune of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the movie revolves around the Kadam family, who leave their home in Mumbai and seek asylum in Europe, eventually settling in France.

Discovering an abandoned building in the village for sale, the family set up an Indian restaurant a stone’s throw from fine dining venue Le Saule Pleureur, run by the acerbic Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Cue rolling pins at dawn and much scrapping between the rival restaurants until Mallory gets wind of self-taught Hassan Kadam’s culinary talents and takes him under her wing.

The film bubbles over with moreish food scenes featuring glistening tarte tatins, plump apricot spiced crêpes, golden pools of hollandaise, boeuf Bourguigon with an Indian twist; tender tandoori chicken, and cardamom-infused pigeon with black truffle.

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