Helen Mirren Playing French Chef in Oprah-Produced Hundred-Foot Journey

Onion brunoise makes her cry.

Onion brunoise makes her cry.

The esteemed English actress will be joined by 90210 actor Manish Dayal in the Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey-produced film version of Richard C. Morais's novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, reports Variety. The story follows a young Indian cook, who, with his family, settles down in a small French town where Mirren's character plays a meanie Michelin-starred chef. (A "culinary battle ensues," the site reports.) A lot of kitchen-set movies are suddenly in the works: Jon Favreau has been pulling shifts with Roy Choi for his upcoming movie called Chef, and Bradley Cooper, who's under Gordon Ramsay's wing for a different film with the same name, is said to be working on his knife skills. Who'll teach Mirren her way around the pass? Our money is on Anne-Sophie Pic of Maison Pic. The Hundred-Foot Journey will be released on August 8, 2014. [Variety, Earlier]

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