“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is the international bestselling novel by Richard C Morais about an unknown Indian chef who conquers the world of French haute cuisine. The movie adaptation starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri will be released on Friday August 8, 2014.
Hassan Haji is a middle aged chef telling the story of how he went from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to his elegant restaurant in Paris. His story begins above his grandfather’s restaurant where he was born and introduced to the world of cooking through trips to the local market and gourmet outings with his mother. All that comes to an end when due to a family tragedy his family is forced out and they end up travelling across Europe and eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.
The family opens an inexpensive Indian restaurant across the street from famous chef Madam Mallory. The town comes alive amid the cooking and culture of India but not everyone is happy about that. Much to Madam Mallory’s chagrin Hassan turns out to be a much more talented chef than she anticipated. After a full out culinary war and a few cultural mishaps does she agree to mentor him and that leads him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant and a new set of adventures.
Richard C Morais is an American born in Portugal and raised in Switzerland. He worked for Forbes magazine for 25 years which allowed him the versatility of writing on any subject while travelling the world. He is the author of the unauthorized biography of Pierre Cardin and has won six nominations and three awards from the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. His latest novel is “Buddhaland Brooklyn,” the story of a Buddhist priest from Japan who is sent to open a temple in New York.