I just came back from viewing the Paris preview for Pixar’s Ratatouille at Planet Hollywood on the Champs Élysées! Whooo-oooo!!!! C’est Adorable!
Many people have emailed me about the connection between Guy Savoy and the movie. I had no idea that the movie had anything to do with Monsieur Savoy until recently! So here’s the scoop: the Pixar crew came to the restaurant four years ago to study how cooks work in a 3-star kitchen. They took detailed notes on the layout of the kitchen and the social interactions. They also went and visited other famous French kitchens including Procope, Tour d’Argent, Hélène Darroze, Tailevent, et Chez Michel.
Monsieur Guy Savoy has a small part in the French version of the film as a client ordering foie gras. It was funny to hear his familiar voice but see such a different character on the screen. Nonetheless, we applauded his performance. After all, he took his entire staff from his four Parisian restaurants to watch the preview in between lunch and dinner shifts! I’m not back officially at the restaurant yet, but they invited me along anyway. I guess I’m the token American along for the ride.
The movie is fantastic! It is so French – the Pixar team has captured everything that I love about Paris and everything I love about cooking in a restaurant in Paris. The ending for me was a little bitter sweet, only because I don’t want to leave this city and I know some day I will have to. The movie sums up why I love it here. You’ll have to see it for yourself to understand…