Bradley Cooper on Burnt

Bradley Cooper in a movie about food? Sounds like a recipe for success, says
Benita Adesuyan

Here at Time Out Dubai we love great films. We also love great food. So you can only imagine the effect the arrival of Burnt has had on both our eyeballs and our taste buds.

Directed by John Wells (August: Osage County), after the David Fincher/Keanu Reeves iteration fell apart, the culinary drama brings the fire, passion and dirty tactics of the restaurant business to life, all served up with a dishy side-order of Bradley Cooper, as fictional chef Adam Jones.

Cooper’s character is the chef who had it all – the top restaurant, the rave reviews and those hallowed two Michelin stars, but then lost it all in a slew of ego-fuelled bad behaviour. The film, a riches to rags and back again, charts Jones’ struggle and determination to get back to his top form and win three Michelin stars.

Cooper is no stranger to donning chefs’ whites, having played a similar role in the 2005 TV series Kitchen Confidential, but that’s not to say he took the task lightly, personally observing Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Marco Pierre White at work to get an authentic edge. “Watching the movie,” Cooper says, “I see a little bit of each of them in there.” And Wells says he nails it. “Adam is not a likeable person,” he says. “You put Bradley in there and your sympathies are with him, but you’re always asking yourself if they should be.”

Cooper is again paired with Sienna Miller (after American Sniper), but one actor sadly didn’t make the, ahem, cut – 50 Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan’s bit-part ending up on the cutting room floor, like a dropped volau-vent tossed away, cold and unloved. Told you the restaurant business was tough… Burnt is out in cinemas across Dubai from Thursday October 29.

Chocolat (2000)
As if more proof were needed that chocolate makes the world go round, here Juliette Binoche tempts an entire conservative French village with her hand-made fancies. Ooh la la.

Ratatouille (2007)

This charming Pixar movie sees a rat in the (Parisian) kitchen, and stealing the show in the process. Even the French critic grows to like him. And French critics don’t grow to like anything.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

An Indian family restaurant sets up shop opposite a snooty French gaff in a small town and a fierce rivalry ensues, before a lovely Franco-Indian allegiance kicks in.

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