Based on the extraordinary true story of French President François Mitterand's private chef, Haute Cuisine follows the impassioned and talented Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a successful cook living in relative obscurity in the Périgord. Much to her astonishment, Hortense is recruited by none other than the President of the Republic (Jean D'Ormesson) for her ability to create dishes reminding him of his childhood. He appoints her his personal cook, the first woman ever responsible for creating meals in the kitchen of the Élysée Palace. Hortense's indomitable spirit and tireless devotion to the art of authentic cuisine win her the President's respect and affection, but also the fierce jealousy of the veteran chefs preparing 300-person state banquets. Amid rigid protocol and suffocating bureaucracy a battle for influence over the head of state rages among the kitchen staff, and Hortense sets out to prove that she can take the heat. Told in flashback from the next challenging job Hortense took: chef for a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Directed and co-written by Christian Vincent (La Séparation). (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site

Director:

Christian Vincent

Cast:

Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Marc Roulot, Philippe Uchan, Laurent Poitrenaux, Hervé Pierre

MPAA Rating:

PG-13

Run Time:

1hr 35mins

Release Year:

2012

Country Of Origin:

France