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Haute Cuisine Movie

Today I watched a lovely movie on Netflixs, called Haute Cuisine

The original French title is Les Saveurs du Palais.

Hortense Laborie was the first female chef to cook in France’s Elysee Palace under President Mitterand.


  • Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps. Based on the extraordinary true story of President Francois Mitterand’s private cook.
    Side Notes:
    They nickname her Countess du Barry after the favorite mistress of King Louis XV, and Mamie Nova, after a brand of dairy products that has a grandmother as its logo.
    MS. DELPEUCH, who is 70, is traveling around Europe, talking about both the film and her cooking. She has self-published a new edition of her 1997 memoir, “Carnets de Cuisine du Périgord à l’Élysée” (“Kitchen Notebooks From the Périgord to the Élysée”) — recipes included — and is negotiating with French publishers for another edition with a new preface.
    review: What a truly lovely film about food and the politics of a woman cooking for the President of France. It is told in flashback from the Antartica, where the woman who cooked for the President is now cooking for a group of scientists