The Hundred Foot Journey – Preview and Giveaway:
I’m looking forward to the release of The Hundred Foot Journey on 5th September. For me it sounds like a compelling film, with a storyline that resonates. And, with stars like Dame Helen Mirren this dream project of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, directed by Lasse Hallstrom this cross-border film exploring the fusion of Indo-French cultures sounds fascinating. Having enjoyed the food at La Portes des Indes a few months ago, I’m now about to depart for India myself for a short visit and am hoping to visit the French Colonial town of Pondicherry when I’m there. So, I’m particularly intrigued by the storyline.
The Hundred Foot Journey is a story of persistence and triumph over exile. In the film, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery.
However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, a heated battle escalates between the two establishments – until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant.
This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.
Now, just to get you a little more excited – I’ve got a hamper of goodies from the film to give-away to one lucky London-Unattached reader. The hamper will contain an apron, The Hundred Foot Journey recipe journal, some spice jars, a spatula and The Hundred Foot Journey book, together with a classy tote bag. And, just to make it a little more exciting, there’s a copy of the book AND a recipe book from Porte des Indes too.
Just follow the rafflecopter through for your chance to win!