To launch this year’s French Film Festival UK, we present one of the hits of the recent Chichester Film Festival, which sees a humiliated but talented chef turn his fortunes around in 18th century France.
In 1789 France, prior to the dawn of the Revolution, gastronomy remains strictly the domain of the aristocrats and the prestige of a noble house is dependent on the quality and reputation of its table.
When the talented cook Manceron (Grégory Gadebois)) serves an unapproved dish of his own creation, the repercussions are brutal, and he is promptly dismissed. He swears off his passion until the arrival of a mysterious woman (Isabelle Carré) who helps him create France’s very first restaurant.
A wildly enjoyable tale of reignited passion, mentorship, and revenge.