It’s often said that to become one of the best, you must train with the best, a sentiment Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller know well. For their latest roles as up-and-coming chefs in the Weinstein foodie drama Burnt, opening nationwide on October 30, the actors spent plenty of quality time in the kitchen with Michelin-starred restaurateur Marcus Wareing—an experience that not only taught the pair how to cook like a top chef, but also how to move, direct, and plate like a top chef.
We sat down with Sienna Miller at the film’s Los Angeles press junket to talk about what drew her to this role, the aspects of the job that surprised her most, and her favorite meal to whip up at home. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.
MYDOMAINE: What drew you to the role of Helene?
SIENNA MILLER: I’ve always been really fascinated in cooking and eating, basically, and can completely rabbit hole into TV shows about that world, and so the idea of exploring that in person and getting trained and working in a real kitchen was a huge draw. The script is great. It’s Steve Knight, who is obviously immensely talented; John Wells’s work I’ve always loved; and Bradley [Cooper] and I had just finished American Sniper and had a great experience, so the idea of doing something again was really exciting.
MD: Would you say you’re good in a kitchen?
SM: I am a competent cook. I really love cooking, and it’s a big part of my life. So I could definitely cook before, but I’m better now that I’m trained by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing.
MD: What’s your favorite meal to whip up?
SM: I do a lot of roasts because I’m English, so every Sunday, I do some roast meat and roast potatoes and all sorts of things that go with it. That’s probably my favorite.
MD: What did you learn about chefs that surprised you?
SM: I guess I hadn’t really thought about the hours that go into it; the amount of work. You know you don’t really consider the heat that you’re exposed to. I was on the fish station, which I think can get to 120 degrees. You’re slaving away all day; you have to stay incredibly focused otherwise you can get burnt or hurt. So it’s mentally really draining and exhausting. I have a huge respect for people who do that job.
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