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Haute Cuisine

Inspired by the true story of Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch, the first female chef employed in France's Elysee Palace, this comedy of manners is a foodie's dream. Catherine Frot (Un Air de Famille, The Page Turner) plays a cooking school entrepreneur who leaves her Perigord farm for Paris to become personal chef to the president of France. Her success in his kitchen exceeds everyone's expectations (including her own), but she's lonely, encountering jealousy and sexism from the other cooks, while her perfectionism makes her enemies among the bureaucrats. The plot's a tad meager, but not the traditional regional cuisines, which are lovingly presented (Elisabeth Scotto of Elle served as culinary stylist). Christian Vincent (La Separation) directed. In English and subtitled French.



  • Christian Vincent


  • Catherine Frot
  • Jean d'Ormesson
  • Hippolyte Girardot
  • Arthur Dupont
  • Jean-Marc Roulot
  • Arly Jover
  • Brice Fournier
  • Joe Sheridan
  • Philippe Uchan
  • Laurent Poitrenaux
  • HervĂ© Pierre


  • Etienne Comar
  • Philippe Rousselet

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