Haute Cuisine


Haute Cuisine

Critics Consensus

While it'll certainly be an easier sell for foodie filmgoers, Haute Cuisine's beautifully filmed biopic should satisfy most viewers hungry for a beautifully filmed dramedy.



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Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d'Ormesson) 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... -- (C) Weinstein


Catherine Frot
as Hortense Laborie
Jean d'Ormesson
as The President
Hippolyte Girardot
as David Azoulay
Arthur Dupont
as Nicolas Bauvois
Jean-Marc Roulot
as Jean-Marc Luchet
Brice Fournier
as Pascal Lepiq
Hugo Malpeyre
as Le serveur
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc
as Arnaud Fremier
Philippe Uchan
as Coche-Dury
Laurent Poitrenaux
as Jean-Michel Salomé
Herve Pierre
as Perrières
David Houri
as David Epenot
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Audience Reviews for Haute Cuisine

  • Oct 10, 2013
    A bon-bon of a film. It reminded me of Hyde Park on the Hudson in that nothing actually happens. But while Hyde Park dwelled on FDRs smarmy adulterous affairs, this one dwells on FRANCE! On French food in detail, beautifully photographed and lovingly (that's the only word to describe it) described. How the food is sourced, how the food is prepared, how much every one enjoys it! If there's a more pleasant scene in current film than the French president sitting down in a humble kitchen and enjoying an illicit meal of sliced truffles on buttered toast with a suitable red wine I don't know what it is. There is some conflict with the main kitchen and the boys who run the place, but it wasn't enough to actually call a plot, but that's not what you see a movie like this for. And make sure you have reservations at a good restaurant afterwards!
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2012
    Though enjoyable to watch, this film seems pointless and trivial, as it merely follows a woman in charge of preparing the meals for the President of France - and it never offers any real conflict to justify its existence.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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