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TODAY'S SPECIAL, a heartwarming comedy with culinary flavor, tells the story of Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Proposal), a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion, he impulsively quits and tells his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, Teeth) that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. But dreams must be put aside after his estranged father, Hakim (Harish Patel, Run, Fat Boy, Run), has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's mother, Farrida (legendary cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with trying to find a wife for her son, while Samir is trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding), a taxi driver, passionate chef and worldly raconteur. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
Some parts may feel rushed, but if you are a true New Yorker, no matter what ethnic background you will love this movie!Published 2 days ago by Tanzib Razzaki
Coming with your mind is so different than coming with your heart. The passion flows into your food. To get to that point, you need your family, and a little help. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Yvette M
I found this to be a hilarious, well rounded film about a chef whose finds his best self through bad work situations and family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leah Etienne
This is a very nice movie. I had to share it with all my friends. They like it also...Published 2 months ago by Roberto J. Solis
This DVD says that it is UNRATED, yet when I received it it is rated 'R'. I bought it to show to my Culinary Arts students & cannot use it because of the rating.Published 2 months ago by Melissa N.
I absolutely love this movie. The plot is simple but the messages are powerful. Some scenes are laugh out loud funny and some will move you to tears. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vivian Anderson