Disclaimer: I was sent on an all expense paid trip with Disney/DreamWorks where I attended Le Cordon Bleu to experience some of the food from the upcoming movie release, The Hundred-Foot Journey. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever bit in to a meal, closed your eyes, and went back in time for a split moment? I have. Food always brings back memories to me like no other. Every holiday I can feel my parents warm house, the smell of the fresh bread, the melted manicotti tradition prior to a table filled with food. In the movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey” it is about family and food, about desire and motivation to follow your heart and succeed. The movie is about two cultures coming together and having to meet in the middle. Their food changes tastes and creates something beautiful. In my house we call it Italian-American since my parents are both immigrants from Italy.
There is nothing more exciting then telling a blogger who loves to cook but doesn’t have to clean that she gets to have a cooking lesson! Plus, I was able to do food photography. So I had a little fun during our cooking lesson. I decided to follow my own food art and create a “hashtag HI” on my plate! I am pretty sure my cooking partner, Kristy, from Adventures of a Couponista. She didn’t know what she was getting herself in to when I started acting like a total goof.
The reason why we went on a cooking lesson to promote this movie is because what the movie is all about. Food brings families together. It is definitely the truth when I think of my strong Italian family. Eating around a table is how we celebrate each other, life, and every special occasion. Being able to bring food together is definitely a sign of cultures uniting. We have a mixture of Italian and American food at almost every meal.. What facts did I learn while visiting the Le Cordon Bleu in L.A.?
- The size of the chef hat matters. The taller the hat, the more experience the chef has. I was NOT given a hat to wear. Just sayin’!
- There are a total of 18 including the one we visited.
- There are different levels of degrees that you can get at Le Cordon Bleu. There is a certificate or an associates degree.
Please enjoy my images below:
We cooked and ate amazing food inspired by the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey! We were first given a plate of Beef Bourguignon Deconstructed, Mixed Green Salad, and Quiche Lorraine (my favorite).
We then cooked a Parisian Mumbai Salad Recipe pictured below –> GET the FULL recipe HERE on JustEnza.com.
We then had some yummy chocolate covered cream puffs and Creme brûlée.
This movie comes out August 8th so be ready to watch it! Recipe will be coming soon!
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine — and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) — combine with his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Madame Mallory cannot ignore. At first Madame Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one young man’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.