The stars of the upcoming culinary comedy-drama “Burnt” proved that it was even hotter on the red carpet than it was in the kitchen on Tuesday.
“Burnt” tells the story of Adam Jones (Cooper), a chef who was the toast of Paris until too many substances and too many burnt bridges destroyed his promising career as a restaurateur. After doing penance — shucking 1 million oysters at a New Orleans dive — he heads to London to revive his career.
Seemingly all of his old Paris cohorts are there, including maître-d’ Tony (Daniel Bruhl), who’s nursed a long-standing crush on Adam; sous chef Michel (Omar Sy), who seems ready to give the chef a second chance despite having been done wrong by him; and frenemy Reece (Rhys), now the city’s hottest chef since Adam’s absence from the scene.
After playing Cooper’s onscreen wife in “American Sniper,” Miller plays pasta whiz Helene in “Burnt,” while Thurman plays snooty food critic Simone Forth and Emma Thompson portrays psychiatrist Dr. Rosshilde, who has to give Jones weekly drug tests.
Michelin-starred British chef Marcus Wareing acted as a consultant on the film and Cooper said the main thing he picked up from him was the importance of spoons. “You always think of that as the bastard child utensil,” he told reporters on the red carpet.
Meanwhile, Miller even dared to cook for Wareing but admitted she was “very nervous” before feeding the culinary guru.
John Wells directed The Weinstein Company film, with Steven Knight writing the screenplay based on a story by Michael Kalesniko. Kris Thykier executive produced the project with Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Erwin Stoff producing.
“Burnt” hits theaters Oct. 30 in wide release; the movie was originally set to debut in a limited release on Oct. 23.