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Haute Cuisine (2012)

Les saveurs du Palais (original title)
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The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hortense Laborie
Nicolas Bauvois
Jean d'Ormesson ...
David Azoulay
Jean-Marc Roulot ...
Jean-Marc Luchet
Philippe Uchan ...
Laurent Poitrenaux ...
Jean-Michel Salomé
Hervé Pierre ...
Perrières (as Hervé Pierre sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Brice Fournier ...
Pascal Lepiq
Roch Leibovici ...
Olivier Moncoulon
Thomas Chabrol ...
Le directeur de cabinet du préfet
La journaliste Mary
Le photographe John
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc ...
Arnaud Fremier
David Houri ...
David Epenot


Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose herself thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs. For a while only, unfortunately for her and for... the President. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Based on a Deliciously True Story. See more »


Biography | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bon appetit, Hr. President  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,387 (USA) (20 September 2013)


$212,072 (USA) (25 October 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is loosely based on "Mes carnets de cuisine. Du Périgord à l'Elysée", the memories of Danièle Delpeuch, the first and only female chef having worked for the French President at the Palais de l'Elysée See more »


Nouveau départ
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A Feast for the Gourmet and the Gourmand
15 February 2015 | by (Vermont) – See all my reviews

The French love food. They talk about what to have for lunch at breakfast and what to have for dinner at lunch. "Haute Cuisine" took me back to Paris and that love for food. Mlle. Frot was a wonderful chef and the food produced by someone (WHO???) was spectacular. Savoy cabbage stuffed with salmon. Oh my.

The only jarring note was the actor who played "Le President." Too old to be Mitterand.

I'll watch this again to capture her recipe for the salad dressing and the name of the cookbook Le President loved.

BTW is she still alive and cooking?

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