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Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps. Based on the extraordinary true story of President François Mitterand's private cook.
A reserved, tres simple tale that raises the occasional smile and tummy rumble but keeps hiccuping because of the drawn-out parallel story about her subsequent tour of duty.Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 09.19.2013
A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story.Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, 09.27.2013
If the material lacks a distinctive flavor profile, its restraint is its strength. The focus on a woman's passionate hard work without need of marital-status back story is refreshing.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 09.18.2013
Writer-director Christian Vincent and co-writer Etienne Comar, aided by Frot's quiet intensity, imbue Hortense's quest to pull off culinary miracles with an urgency that's almost absurdly compelling, and all the more entertaining for it.Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, 09.17.2013