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1) Madam Mallory hunger strike and Papa’s approval. (pg. 130-132)
2) Hassan’s journey from his own restaurant to Madam Mallory. (pg. 132-133)
3) Hassan got a offer from one of the Paris restaurant. (pg. 155)
4) Opened an own Restaurant at Paris. (pg.178)
5) Got the Honor of Two star and Then after Three star restaurant.(pg.194-227)
6) Paris Mayor visit (pg.231)
A French Chef Journey
Food meant a lot for people, it gives us livelihood, and one cannot image his life without food. Hundred foot journey novel is based on the theme of food, in which author tells his journey from his grandfather’s restaurant(Mumbai) to Paris where he owns his Three Star restaurant after a small stay at London And then Lumiere, a small town in France. Although “the hundred-foot journey “seems very short physically, it took so long to Hassan to achieve it. As Hassan was born talented, hard worker, and artistic, he embarked himself to Paris via London and Lumiere, and became a renowned French chef. It is the Hassan, who wanted to see the world and had the desired to become a French chef not the India chef, who would live in France. Fortunately, the Madame Mallory recognized the Hassan feeling which his father did not familiar with.
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The destiny of the Male protagonist started from the Mumbai (India), since he born at grandfather’s restaurant. Hassan belonged to the poor Muslim family who first moved to the big city Mumbai from the small town in Gujarat where they started the food business, which then converted into a restaurant. In his early life, he experienced the traditional Indian food at his grandfather restaurant like Indian curry fish etc. They used to supply the tiffin boxes to those people who were working in the offices. As their business got the success, they owned their own restaurant in the big city. Because of the worst situation in the country, Haji had to leave the India along with his family and entered the Europe where they first stayed in an England and then in the end, they reached at Lumiere, a small town in France. Here they started their family business of food just opposite to the Madame Mallory’s Le Saule pleurecur. Haji’s Journey get started from here when his father opened the restaurant named ‘Mumbai Maison’ where Madame Mallory tasted Hassan’s cooked food and got to know the talent behind it. Here after tasting the Hassan’s food, Mallory recognized his ability of cooking, and gave him offer to work at her kitchen rather than working in his own India restaurant and said, “I want Hassan to come work in my Kitchen” (Morais 125). However, the Papa did not allow Hassan to work with her, which turned Madame Mallory to go into a hunger strike until the papa’s contentment (Morais 126-132). Somewhere, Hassan also wanted to learn the French cooking but scared from the papa to tell. Finally, when papa asked Hassan about it and he came with this phrase “I want nothing more in this world” (Morais 132). It was clear now Hassan also wanted to learn the French cooking and to become a Chef.
Hassan’s French cooking education started at Le Saule Pleureur, which was about hundred feet away from his Mumbai Maison (Morais 133). Although the name of the Novel came from this physical distance but the actual journey of the male protagonist was much longer than these hundred foot. In the Le Saule Pleureur , Madame Mallory Put the Haji into various duties so that he could not miss anything which is essential to the cooking. Here, he had to take order from the customer; to clean the restaurant, wash the dishes, and read the books from the Madame’s library. Mallory asked him question on the very next of day duties. As she owned, the various French cooking genre books in her library, Hassan had to read them one by one. It took 6 months to Male protagonist to actually starting his cooking at Le Saule Pleureur kitchen (Morais 143).
After the almost 3 years’ experience at Le Saule Pleureur, Hassan got an offer from Paris the Restaurant named La Gavroche. Hassan was very excited about this offer and wanted to join the restaurant. He was seeing his wish, to become a French cook, is becoming true. With this excitement, he said to his father that “Papa! I am off to see the world!” which shows Hassan‘s curiosity of becoming French chef. (Morais 159). He leaves the Lumiere and starts his final destination towards Paris. He spends many of his life’s years at Paris doing cooking and serving people with their favorite food. As the years rolled by, he has completed his approximately 5 years’ experience at La Gavroche restaurant. It was the time when he got another job offer from one of the finest Restaurent at Paris named ‘La Belle Cluny’ (Morais 164). While Hassan was working at La Belle Cluny, the restaurant got its second Star, which was the biggest achievement for Hassan and for the La Belle Cluny restaurant. (Morais 165). At that time Hassan felt proud and shortly he started his own restaurant in Paris ’Named Le Chien Mechant’ where Mehtab came to help the Hassan at his work. It was the time when Hassan went to the different experience of his career. His friend Paul was died he also went through some business crisis. He never gave up his career as a cook with the passage of time, his restaurant got second star, which was the biggest achievement for him (Morais 194). Later, he also got the Third Star which was the really pride moment for him and for his success as a French cook which meant a lot to him. As per the statistic of Paris He became the first immigrant who has achieved this pride (Morais 227). His constant zeal to his work made him so perfect that people always appreciate. He had the long booking list at the restaurant, even for the upcoming years were booked which made Hassan so feel proud. Apart from that, Mayor of the Paris also visited him to congratulate his success as a French cook (Morais 231).
Above evidence proved, although protagonist physically moved hundred foot from his India restaurant to the French but it took so long for him to become a French chef. He has to gone through many years of vigorous training and experience. By his success, Hassan has proved that a person can learn anything to which he loves for despite the reason of where he belongs.
Morais, Richard C. The Hundred-Foot Journey. New York: Scribner, 2011. Print.