While out in Los Angeles for the press events, we were able to screen the film THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY! The movie tells the story of Hassan Kadam, who is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch! Soon his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. They decide to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai, much to the dismay of Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), who runs Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant right across the street! At first the two restaurants engage in a culinary battle, until Madame Mallory recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
Cooking and culinary creation is a huge theme in the movie. So while out in Los Angeles, it was only natural that we check out Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles to get a peek into the culinary world! When we first arrived, Chef Chanel Martinez generously took us around the school showing us the various kitchens and giving us some background on what students could expect when attending.