What dish brings you home? What smell invokes childhood memories? Eating is a multi-sensory experience. Sight, smells, tastes. To celebrate the theme of The Hundred-Foot Journey (opening in theaters on 8/8), I was able to attend a cooking class at the Le Cordon Bleu School in LA to learn to make a Parisian Mumbai Salad inspired by the film.
Upon arrival at the LA campus, we were greeted by Lead Chef Instructor Chanel Martinez. We toured the facility and saw where the cooking school magic happens. We saw the bakery area, complete with a student chef perfecting his croissant-making skills. We toured the instruction kitchens and learned a little about the structure of the school. I was please to learn that there is a campus near where I live in Portland, Oregon.
After the tour, we were seated in the demo kitchen. Awaiting our arrival was an appetizer of Quiche Lorraine, a salad with a balsamic vinaigrette, and Beef Bourgogne Kabob. I don't eat beef, but the quiche was delectable and the salad was refreshing.
We watched our chef for the evening start the cooking lesson for our main dish, the Parisian Mumbai Salad. He demonstrated the steps of the recipe so that we would know what we had to do when it was our turn to cook our dinners.
We were fortunate enough to have much of the prep work done for us upon arrival. Spices and oils were pre-portioned; knives and cutting boards were laid out for us. I love to cook, but I love it even more when I have less work to do!
We paired up and got to work with our assigned chef to help us with any snafus we might run into. I was working with my friend Christy from GiveawayTrain.com. First, we peeled and julienned out mangoes and apples. Our chef helped complimented me on my juliennes apples…apparently I can cut very thinly!
Then we prepared the curry mixture for the chicken and grilled the chicken on the stove. We placed the chicken on the grill. When we flipped it, we made sure to place the grill marks at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock so they would have those nice crossed grill marks on it.
While the chicken was grilling, we made our Naan-tons (croutons out of Naan bread…I had to coin a new term and give them a name). We also coated our nuts and then roasted the nuts and Naan in the over for 10 minutes.
We mixed a vinaigrette and then the salad and plated our meal. Voila. Dinner was served.
Obviously we had some fun; it wasn't all business in the kitchen.
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About THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant—the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments—until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey will be released in theaters on August 8, 2014.Disclaimer: I was selected to attend an all-expense paid trip to LA courtesy of Disney to experience these incredible events, along with a group of 24 other bloggers. All opinions, excitement, and smiles are my own.