Cooking With Stella

Dilip Mehta (2009)

Stella Elizabeth Matthews has been a cook in the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for 30 years. She is brilliant as a cook, and brilliant at creatively padding her salary – with a few pilfered items, some minor overcharging, and a special phone-order duty free business. A newly posted Canadian diplomatic couple Michael and Maya arrive with their baby and, after an initial jolt when she learns that Michael will be staying home as “diplomatic housewife” while Maya goes off to work, everything goes swimmingly for Stella. Michael was a chef in Ottawa and he is longing to learn authentic Indian cooking. Stella agrees to be his “cooking guru”.

Stella’s cozy domestic set-up implodes when Tannu, an honest nanny, joins the household, and threatens to expose Stella’s deceptions. Eventually Stella wins Tannu’s full cooperation (and then some!). This unlikely partnership embarks on a much grander, riskier scam, which seems to bring disaster. An unexpected kind of justice is found, but not until the guru-student relationship between Stella and Michael has been sorely tested. Michael has learned many important lessons from his teacher …including glorious traditional South Indian cooking.

And Stella? Well… let’s just say dreams sometimes come true in unexpected ways.

Dolops of Chemistry between Biswas and Mckellar is what make the film come together… Don’t be surprised if you are left wanting a second helping from Mehta’s artistic kitchen.
— Manjusha Radhakrishanan.
What emerges on screen is a convincing composite portrait of a city which encompasses everything.
— Express India
Biswas gives a spontaneous and natural performance.
— Rediff
… explores the complex interface between urban Indian Household…
— BBC News

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