Q&A: Producer of Hundred-Foot Journey On the Food Behind the Movie
The movie casts French cuisine as a kind of villain, Indian food as a hero.
The new movie Hundred-Foot Journey, about an Indian restaurant that opens 100 feet from a Michelin-starred French restaurant, paints French cuisine as dusty and mechanical, Indian food as boisterous and soulful. The heartwarming, you-can-do-anything glaze of the film—a talented young chef, Hasan, defects from his family's Indian restaurant to the French one, and then to culinary superstardom in Paris—is no surprise, considering that two of its producers are Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. A third is Juliet Blake, a former National Geographic Channel vice president and now a content producer for TED. National Geographic talked to her about "space-age" food, her husband's cooking, and Marmite.