last holiday

the year: 2006

the genre: comedy

the cast: Queen Latifah (Georgia Byrd); LL Cool J (Sean Matthews); Timothy Hutton (Matthew Kragen); Alicia Witt (Ms. Burns); Gerard Depardiew (Chef Didier)

the plot: Georgia Byrd clerks at a New Orleans department store. She eats Lean Cuisine even though she dreams about gourmet cooking, likes a co-worker in silence, hasn't left Louisiana although she has plenty of money saved up, and collects dreams in her Possibilities Book. When a CT Scan discloses she has three weeks to live, she cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks. Will the truth set them free?

listen for: "The cost of a median cranial debulking surgery is around $340,000. That's without anesthesia. You'll want that."

don't miss: how Georgia meets Chef Didier.

did you know: All the dishes served in the movie was prepared by Food Network chefs who traveled with the crew to do the cooking. Food Network posted the recipes for all of the dishes on their website.

extra bonus points: if you can name one of the dishes prepared for the movie.

also listen for: "You and I, we know the secret to life...it's butter."


Laney said...

The sauteed turnips at the end when Georgia helps Chef Didier looks SO good! I love at the beginning when she's cooking with Emeril and she's super conservative with the alcohol - her face is classic. Ok, ALL the food looked amazing, even the fish.

Millie Motts said...

Answers: Specific dishes prepared for the movie include: - Lobster Salad in Potato Leek Nests - Duck Hash on Toasted Baguette - Spiced Lamb Shanks with Blood Orange Relish - Roasted Quail with Brioche and Chorizo Stuffing - Risotto Barolo with Roasted Vegetables - Bananas Foster - Poulet Tchoupitoulas.

Erika said...

OK, I just watched this and LOVED it!

Listen for: "Don't take it out on Regita."

Another favorite: The fate of Mr. Adamian.