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 Elyee 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 a true story, Hortense is modeled after chef Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch, a cook from Perigord who was brought to the Elysee Palace in 1988 at the request of President Francois Mitterrand to provide “the sort of food his grandmother had made.” Mazet-Delpeuch became Mitterrand’s private cook and was the first woman to work in the presidential kitchen.
Rated PG-13/1h 35m/2013Comedy