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New Foodie Movie: “French Toast”

The latest foodie movie, French Toast, by Hartiwood films, the creators of Liefling and Pretville.  French Toast is a romantic drama/comedy starring Lika Berning and Thierry Ballarin.  It is one of the first South African movies that was partly shot in Paris, France and partly on a custom built set in Hartbeespoortdam, North West Province.  The “set” is currently running as the French Toast Koffie Kafee.  The Café has a replica “Lock Bridge” and an “I Love You Wall” which was appropriately opened on Valentine’s Day 2015 by the director of the movie Paul Kruger and lead actress Lika Berning.

Lise le Roux, played by Lika Berning, is a photographer who lives with her father on a wine farm near Stellenbosch.  Her mother passed away some time ago, and when Lise  stumbles upon her mother’s old diary, revealing a secret her mother kept from her, she decides to embark on a journey to find a lost sibling in Paris, France.

On arrival in Paris Lise meets a French chef, Jean-Pierre Baptiste, played by Thierry Ballarin. Jean-Pierre is looking for a photographer for his new cookbook. Lise agrees to take the photos for his cookbook, if he returns the favour by helping her to track the clues to her lost sibling. It is a win-win for both of them and together they explore Paris to unravel Lise’s family secret.

If you haven’t been to Paris France, then this movie will definitely guide you through some of the most spectacular sceneries seen through Lise’s eyes!

Submit your most interesting, crazy or innovative recipe that uses French toast as a base, and you could win awesome prizes!  See French Toast competition for more info.

The movie promises entertainment for both Afrikaans and English audiences.  With a touch of French flair of course!  The film will release at South African cinemas on 24 April 2015.  For those of you who can’t wait until the 24th, be sure to book for the Premiere of the movie on Saturday 18 April.  It will be in the format of an open air theatre at the French Toast Coffee Café Filmset in Hartbeespoort.  The details are:

Dates: 18, 24, 26 & 30 April and 1 & 2 May 2015
Time:  18:30
Cost: Adults R70, Kids R40, Pre-school kids Free
Booking: Contact
 Liezl on 078 592 6953.
The are only limited seats available per show, so book asap to avoid disappointment!
Food with a French flair available from the French Toast Koffie Kafee.

Be sure to try my classic French Toast recipe as well as Carolié’s recipe for Baked Apple French Toast.


Café Alexandré aka French Toast Coffee Café in Hartebeespoortdam
French Toast Hot Dogs
French Toast Fingers With Syrup
Fillet on French Toast With Cheese Sauce