4 HSN Chefs Share The Hundred-Foot Journeys That Changed Their Lives

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Dreamworks’ Hundred-Foot Journey brings Richard C Morais’ novel to life about an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Inspired by Hassan Haji’s Hundred-Foot Journey that he takes to learn how to cook French cuisine, HSN chefs share their journeys to success and the significant moments that got them there.


1. Curtis Stone’s One-Way Trip

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At the age of 21 Curtis Stone got on a plane from Australia to Europe and ended up at a London restaurant owned by Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. He would spend the next eight years in that kitchen learning what his true passion in life was.


2. Donatella Arpaia’s Family Tie
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Three months into becoming an attorney Donatella got up from a meal in her brother’s restaurant to offer a hand while they were short-staffed, and she never looked back.


3. Ming Tsai’s Cultural Clarity
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When Ming was ten and was challenged to prepare a meal for two strangers, it were the smiles on their faces after eating what he remembers as a novice bowl of fried rice that stuck with him for the rest of his life.


4. Wolfgang Puck’s Early Inspiration
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The owner of the kitchen that Wolfgang worked in at the age of 19 lit a inspiration in him through the passion and love he put into his food. It was that flame that has motivated Wolfgang since then to pursue that same level of devotion in his own work.


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