Savor this! The Hundred-Foot Journey Trivia Quiz


By: Julie Medina

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Culture clash, cuisine clash, and yet, the melding of both takes each to a higher level. The story of a feud between two restaurants in a French town. One operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other by a gourmet restaurant owner intent on earning another Michelin star. This savory story is a real treat for movie-goers and foodies alike!

Has the Kadam family been cooks for a long time?

Hassan's family has run restaurants in India for many years. His great grandfather feed soldiers at the time of the British Raj (the rule of the British Crown in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947). As the story begins, the Kadam family runs a restaurant in Mumbai, India, where Hassan is schooled in cooking.


When do we first realize that Hassan is going to be a very special chef?

“Sold to the boys who knows” says the Mumbai urchin seller when he notes how Hassan inhales deeply the fresh smell of the sea urchin and tastes it with his eyes closed, showing a true appreciation for the flavor of the food. His mother speaks to him about the flavor of life. With this upbringing, he is sure to be a very special chef.


Who says this, “But to cook, you must kill. You make ghosts. You cook to make ghosts. Spirits that live on in every ingredient. Can you taste them?”

Hassan’s mother speaks poetically about the flavors that linger after the food has been consumed. Hassan’s mother is portrayed by Juhi Chawla who is an Indian actress, model and film producer, and the winner of the Miss India beauty contest in 1984. Chawla has worked predominantly in Hindi language films, in addition to Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali language films. A leading actress of Bollywood in the late 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s. Chawla has garnered particular praise for her comic timing and vivacious on-screen persona.


During customs, Hassan is asked if he has papers that certifies his cooking knowledge. What kind of papers does he produce?

Hassan produces grease-proof papers that contain a Samosa for the customs official to taste, which is politely declined. Hassan is played by Manish Dayal, a film and television actor and producer known for his recurring role as Raj Kher in 90210 and feature role in “I’m Obsessed with You” and currently Viceroy’s House. He has also guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Halt and Catch Fire and numerous other shows.


Who learns of an abandoned restaurant building available for purchase and located directly across the street—only 100 feet—from Le Saule Pleureur?

Om Puri, portrays Papa, the head of the household who decides to put down roots directly across a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Om Puri stars in mainstream commercial Indian, British and Hollywood films, Independent films and art films. He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India as well has won Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many others


When Hassan leaves Le Saule Pleureur to work at a Parisian restaurant, what type of food does he create and serve?

Hassan choses to expand his culinary horizons and begins to create and serve molecular cuisine. The upscale restaurant in Paris is actually Georges at the top of the Pompidou Centre although renamed in the movie apparently as a fictional restaurant.


Who owns Le Saule Pleureur?

Madame Mallory is Le Saule Pleureur's owner, who is portrayed by Helen Mirren. Helen Mirren and is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, having won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007. In 2015 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Mirren won her first of several Emmy Awards in 1996 for her performance as police detective Jane Tennison on the acclaimed ITV series Prime Suspect, which ran for a total of seven seasons between 1991 and 2006.


Why does the Hassan family leave Mumbai?

A mob attacks and firebombs the restaurant over an election dispute. Although the family evacuates the guests, Mama is killed. This upsetting situation leads Papa to decide it is time to move somewhere else and start fresh. Juhi Chawla plays Mama in the film. Filmmakers wanted Juhi to look 15 years older than her present age. That's why she has been made to age digitally on screen with the help of post-production techniques.


Seeking asylum in Europe, the family first settles in London, do they stay?

Seeking asylum in Europe, the family first settles in London, where their residence proves ill-suited for a restaurant. They are so close to the Heathrow Airport that planes almost land on their house. Also as Hassan tells the customs official, “The vegetables have no soul, no life you see.” They depart for mainland Europe.


What happens as they travel in France?

The brakes go out in a very scary road incident. Luckily that are assisted by Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), a sous chef at an upscale French restaurant named "Le Saule Pleureur" ("The Weeping Willow"). Marguerite is portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon who is a French Canadian actress, model and television presenter. She is known for her work in the Canal+ talk show Le Grand Journal, and the films Yves Saint Laurent, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and The Walk.


How does Marguerite help the Kadams?

Marguerite helps them out of their unfortunate car situation and finds them a guesthouse so they have a place to stay for the night. She brings the Kadams to her apartment and treats them to cold food. Papa is amazed at the quality of the food in the village and its availability, and discovers that Marguerite made the food herself.


Why does the Mayor get involved?

The Mayor is constantly being called by the restaurant owners to settle disputes. He doesn't mind as he is getting free food each time he arrives. The Mayor is portrayed by Michel Blanc, a French actor and director. He is noted for his roles of losers and hypochondriacs. He is frequently associated with Le Splendid, which he co-founded, along with Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier, Marie-Anne Chazel and Gérard Jugnot. Michel Blanc has also shown his versatility by appearing in more serious roles, such as the title role in the Patrice Leconte film Monsieur Hire.


Madame Mallory comes over to Maison Mumbai, the day before they open. Why?

Mallory comes over to Maison Mumbai to ask for a menu and then buys all the locally available ingredients needed to cook their dishes on opening night. A cold war erupts between Papa and Mallory. Om Puri, who plays Papa, was called Papa by the cast. Puri moved out of the hotel they all stayed in so that he would have a place to cook for them.


What happens to Maison Mumbai on Bastille Day?

The feud peaks on Bastille Day when one of Mallory's chefs, Jean-Pierre, and two others vandalize the Kadams' restaurant by spray-painting words which translate to "France for the French" on the outer wall and firebombing the interior. Hassan catches the arsonists in the act and scares them off, but his hands and legs are burned.


Who is Madame Mallory talking to? “You tell your friends that these bombs have ended a war. They have brought peace. Bravo. You're a chef. I do not pay you to burn things. Take your knives and go.”

Madame Mallory knows that Jean-Pierre, her chef, was instrumental in the firebombing of the Maison Mumbai and fires him. Clément Sibony, who portrays Jean-Pierre, is a French actor and film director. He has appeared in more than 60 films and television shows since 1991. He won the award for Best Actor at the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival for his role in Taking Wing.


How does Madame Malloy react to the vandalism and firebombing?

The following morning Mallory, who found out about the arson and vandalism, fires Jean-Pierre and personally cleans the graffiti from Maison Mumbai. An interesting fact about the restaurants was that they were NOT facing each other. It was digitally created: the house which was presented as Maison Mumbai actually faced a large field. They paved a 75 m stretch of road and a building facade on the opposite side with a blue screen on the top.


What type of test does Madame Mallory ask potential chefs to perform?

Hassan, having heard from Marguerite that Mallory hires potential chefs by taste-testing an omelet and deciding whether the person is indeed a great chef, asks if he may cook an omelet for her to his recipe. Due to his injured hands from the fire, Mallory helps under Hassan's supervision. After tasting the omelet, Mallory recognizes Hassan's potential and invites him to work for her.


Who is speaking to Hassan? “It’s a thousand-eyed monster that needs to be fed twice a day.”

Paul is the manager of the Parisian molecular cuisine restaurant. He watches Hassan become a renowned chef at his restaurant, introducing many new innovations. Paul is portrayed by Vincent Elbaz, a French actor who has appeared in many French television shows, theatre and films. His first major role was in the 1994 film Le péril jeune. Elbaz received the 1998 Jean Gabin Prize.


Who says this to Mansur? “I am waiting for Hassan Kadam … or death … whichever comes first.”

Madame Mallory said this to Mansur while sitting at a table in the Maison Mumbai. She then negotiates with Papa for Hassan’s salary. Once Hassan is onboard as a chef, he shakes up her world. For example, Mallory: “What is this flavor that is fighting against the chicken?”%0DHassan: “I added some spices for flavor to the sauce, and coriander for garnish and freshness.”%0DMadame Mallory: “But why change a recipe that is 200 years old?”%0DHassan: “Because, madam, maybe 200 years is long enough.”


Who says this? “The world now knows you are a chef who can bring down the stars.”

Marguerite says this to Hassan after Le Saule Pleureur receives a second Michelin star. Marguerite also notes that the offers will start pouring in. Every two-star restaurant will want Hassan in order to get another star. And that is exactly what happens.


What happened to Hassan when he went to Paris?

Hassan's cooking in Paris quickly receives critical acclaim, fueling speculation of a third Michelin Star for the Paris restaurant. To familiarize themselves with the roles, prior to actual shooting, actors Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon spent some time going to restaurants and observing.


When Hassan is away the mice will play. Who are the mice?

Papa is planning to write Hassan about what has been happening while he is away in Paris. Papa plans to tell Hassan that Madame Mallory and he have been spending lots of time together. That they take dance lessons, go to the market together, and it’s almost like having a girlfriend. Madame Mallory teases him about saying “almost”.


After eating delicious home-cooked Indian food from a coworker at the restaurant, Hassan realizes something about himself, what is it?

Hassan is homesick for his family and Marguerite. He invites Marguerite to join him in a business venture. He buys a stake in Mallory’s restaurant along with operational control. Hassan believes this will help the restaurant earn its third star.


What heartbreaking moment happened with the pigeon?

Papa gets back at Mallory for what she did on opening night—buying all the ingredients he needed for a successful restaurant launch. In this case, Papa buys all the pigeons at the market, knowing that she needs it to prepare the Minister’s favorite dish. Hassan thinking it was an awful idea, painstakingly prepares it according to her recipe and presents the meal for Madame Mallory’s approval. She tastes it and promptly dumps the plate of pigeon into the trash.


How does Marguerite describe how hard it is to get a third Michelin star?

As chefs, they worship at the altar of amazing cuisine hence, Marguerite says it is only for the gods. What DOES it take to earn three Michelin stars? According to the folks at Michelin themselves, "Three stars’ reward exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. Worth a special journey."


Was the film …

The film was adapted from a book of the same name. The Hundred-Foot Journey is the first novel written by author Richard C. Morais. Despite this being his first published book, it became an international bestseller, and was even included in the "Editor's Choice" of the New York Times Book Review.


How true to life is the novel?

travel to create this completely original story that's been compared to Slumdog Millionaire and Ratatouille. When it comes to culinary feats in this book, famous chef Anthony Bourdain calls this book "heavily-larded with the lushest, most high-test food porn," which is high praise.


Who was nominated for an award in this movie?

Helen Mirren was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Although she didn’t win, the critics praised her performance.


What type of reception did the film receive?

The fans liked it, the film grossed over 10 million in its opening weekend in the USA, finishing in fourth. And earning nearly $90 million at the worldwide box office. The critics gave the film generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus reads: "Director Lasse Hallström does lovely work and Helen Mirren is always worth watching, but The Hundred-Foot Journey travels predictable ground already covered by countless feel-good dramedies." The NPR's film critic Kenneth Turan said the film was entertaining, while criticizing the predictability of the story and "wish[ing] that the film had more of the messy juices of life flowing through its veins".


Two big names signed on to produce The Hundred-Foot Journey who were they?

The Hundred-Foot Journey was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey for DreamWorks Pictures through their respective production companies, Amblin Entertainment and Harpo Films.


What happens when Hassan offers his younger brother and sister a taste of Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon is a pure French dish with carrots and vegetables. The children spit it out saying, “Ugh, it’s French food.” They simply have not acquired a taste for it. According to How Stuff Works, “When you acquire a taste for something, it means you've learned to ignore the food's perceived negative qualities in order to enjoy its benefits. Maybe you've learned to ignore the texture. Or perhaps you're blocking out its smell. You may even be able to stand a not-so-tasty taste, if it gets you something you need or want. For example, coffee tastes bitter, but for many people, the caffeine fix it provides outweighs its bitter flavor.”


Why does Papa open the champagne that Madame Mallory has waited 30 years to open?

Le Saule Pleureur received their first Michelin star 30 years ago and Madame Mallory has been waiting ever since to toast with the same type of champagne. According to the movie, Michelin always calls at 7:00, always on a Monday. Papa is mad that they make Mallory go through all this, every year, and decides to open her precious bottle of champagne for the reasons above. Luckily they have something to celebrate


Who is Mallory talking to? “Sharp and cool and hot in the mouth, all at the same time. Do you know how long it takes chefs to learn that? What will Papa say?”

It is said to Hassan as it is her reaction to his omelet and her apology for trashing his pigeon. The rest of the quote shows his character as his dreams go beyond her restaurant. Mallory: "You have it. Hmm. Your pigeon had it, too." Hassan: "I know. I knew then, and I know now." Madame Mallory: "Arrogance." Hassan: "A chef must lead." Madame Mallory: "Sharp and cool and hot in the mouth, all at the same time. Do you know how long it takes chefs to learn that? What will Papa say?"


Who is Papa talking to? “So I guess the cooking is now down to me.” Papa: "Yes, mister." “Oh, God!” Papa: "What do you mean, Oh, God"?

Mansur realizes he can’t fill the shoes of Hannan. Even though he must. Many scenes have him cooking but not always on top of it. To sign off on the food featured in the film, producer Juliet Blake consulted Indian-born chef Floyd Cardoz who understands “fusing together two cultures through cooking.”


Where was the film photographed?

Principal photography began in southern France, in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, which lasted for nine weeks and proceeded in The Netherlands and in the Cité du Cinéma studio complex, located in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. The Hundred Foot Journey was extensively shot at scenic locales of Midi-Pyrénées.


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