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Les saveurs du Palais (2012)

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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 ... Le Président
... David Azoulay
Jean-Marc Roulot ... Jean-Marc Luchet
Philippe Uchan ... Coche-Dury
Laurent Poitrenaux ... Jean-Michel Salomé
Hervé Pierre ... Perrières (as Hervé Pierre sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Brice Fournier ... Pascal Lepiq
Roch Leibovici ... Olivier Moncoulon
... Le directeur de cabinet du préfet
... La journaliste Mary
... Le photographe John
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc ... Arnaud Fremier
David Houri ... David Epenot
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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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chef | produce | cook | f rated | formality | See All (54) »

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He runs the country. She runs the kitchen. Together they serve with excellence. See more »

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Biography | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »
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19 September 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bon appetit, Hr. President  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,387, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$212,072, 27 October 2013
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Claude Rich was considered for the role of the President. See more »

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Referenced in La noche de...: La cocinera del presidente (2017) See more »

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Piano en cuisine
by Gabriel Yared
© Yad Music - Armada Films - Vendôme Production
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Charmingly underwhelming
18 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is not a bad film - with food prepared in such a grand setting as the Elysee Palace, we have the right ingredients for a movie of interesting visuals, but apart from this, everything else about "Haute Cuisine" is fairly lacklustre. Catherine Frot is terrific as chef Hortense but only within the context of her description and preparation of food. We learn very little about her and perhaps the chief reason being that this movie is virtually without a plot - despite initially foreboding deep conflict and resentment from other kitchen staff (entirely male), this is barely alluded to let alone shown. The flash-forwards to Hortense's next job at an outpost in Antarctica does very little to propel either plot or characterisation. I kept waiting for this side-story to shine some relevance on either plot or character but it failed to do so. The meetings between chef and president were very few and again, little was learnt from the conversations apart from the president's preference for simple, old-style cooking. I think viewers will be disappointed that this film promised understandable conflict of character and style and failed to deliver.

Having said this, the film can still be enjoyed as an interesting expose on a style of cooking and its preparation.


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