I’ve found the perfect present for the foodie on everyone’s holiday shopping list. Whether it’s that relative that loves to cook, or a friend that appreciates a fine meal out – this movie is a feast for the eyes and spirit!
From producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and director Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat” & “The Cider House Rules”), the movie tells the story of a immigrant Indian family trying to open a restaurant in a sleepy French village across the street (100 feet to be exact – also the movie title) from a Michelin-star restaurant run by a driven, classical French proprietress. It’s a wonderful story that uses humor and amazing food scenes to tell a story about loss, family, tolerance, compassion, and finding one’s true path in life.
On December 2, The Hundred-Foot Journey is available for purchase on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand., In additional to the film the Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include 4 bonuses: a discussion with Speilberg and Winfrey, behind the scenes on the set with the director, a production designer’s tour of the restaurants and a demonstration on how to prepare coconut chicken! Check out more details on www.100footjourneymovie.com
To kick off the launch, I recently had the opportunity to attend a blogger’s lunch hosted by Chef Floyd Cardoz and his wife. Chef Cardoz worked on the film as a consultant chef for the Indian cuisine. Raised in India and coming to NY by way of Switzerland, Chef Cardoz told us that he felt a connection to the young main character in the film who is far from home and having trouble gaining respect for his regional cooking skills.
In addition to acting as the film’s chef consultant, Chef Cardoz is known by many as the chef/partner of one of New York’s top restaurants Tabla which has now closed after a successful 12 year run. Additionally, Cardoz was named among the Top 50 Most Influential Global Indians by GQ Magazine. And in the Summer of 2012 he won Season Three of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. He has certainly gained respect and admiration in the culinary world and among appreciative diners around the world.
Chef Floyd and his wife are the parents of two sons and they were so easy going and fun. I was curious as to how a household with a professional chef feeds their children. Turns out much the same as me and my friends. Their tip was to keep trying to add more foods in sneaky ways if necessary. Chef gave the example of his family’s love of bacon. He used bacon as the bridge to introducing many other new foods by incorporating their favorite bacon into other dishes. Then he introduced sausage by telling them it was a type of bacon. But ultimately I just found comfort in the fact that no one truly has a foodie child that has cleaned their plates since springing forth from the womb
Family and food are two very important elements of my life right now. The luncheon and movie was such a poetic and peaceful reminder of how food plays such a strong role in everyone’s lives. In the movie the main character of Manish learns as a young man how to cook from his mom. There is a line in the movie about a recipe being like cooking ghosts since the right taste brings memories that last your entire life. I love the idea of cooking with my children and passing on those memories.
Perhaps the recipe that Chef Floyd taught us all how to cook will become one of those memorable meals for my family! Here is the recipe to try with your family.
Recipe for the Sunday Indian Omelet (Serves 6)
- 2 cups onions minced
- 1 serrano chili minced
- 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tumeric
- 1/2 cup cilantro washed, roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 12 eggs
- salt and pepper
1) In a large bowl combine the vegetables, salt, tumeric, cayenne and mix well. Split into 6 equal parts. 2) In a small bowl combine two eggs with one part of the vegetables and mix well with a fork. 3) Heat a medium size non-stick pan over moderate heat and 1/2 tbsp canola oil and heat. 4) Add the eggs and spread evenly. Reduce heat and let eggs cook until it sets. 5) Increase the heat and flip the omelet in the pan and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 6) Serve. 7) Repeat with the rest of the eggs.
(* In addition to a chef-led demo and first class ingredients those cool red utensils in the pictures are restaurant quality and made by a neat new company called GIR: Get It Right. Check out their spatulas and kitchen tools at https://productofgir.com/)
The Hundred-Foot Journey was release in theatres on August 8, 2014. For more information, visit http://100footjourneymovie.com, like them on Facebook: http://facebook.com/100footjourneymovie and follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/the100FtJourney
* Jill attended the luncheon courtesy of Disney. Her opinions are her own.