Real-Life Chef Who Inspired Haute Cuisine Says It Gets Better

Madame Mazet-Delpeuch.
Madame Mazet-Delpeuch. Photo: Marion Curtis, Starpix

“It’s still challenging for women in the kitchen, but in France, it has changed a lot. The film is about my life and when I cooked in the palace — which was another generation. When women chefs are very good and very determined, it becomes easy. That wasn’t the case 20 or 30 years ago in France. If you were determined, serious, and very good, it was still quite difficult … I really like the freedom of the character, Hortense. She’s a woman who doesn’t look back, and I like her because I’m like that, too.” —Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, the former private chef to French president François Mitterrand, tells Grub. A new movie that hits theaters today, Haute Cuisine, is based on her life.