Richard C. Morais is an award-winning American novelist and journalist. Mr. Morais is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller The Hundred-Foot Journey, a novel that follows the life of an Indian chef as he conquers the rarified world of French haute cuisine. The novel sold in 33 territories across the globe. In 2014, Stephen Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake released The Hundred-Foot Journey as a hugely successful and much-loved film directed by Lasse HalstrÃ¶m and starring Dame Helen Mirren and Om Puri.
Mr. Moraisâs sophomore novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, is about a Japanese Buddhist priest building a temple in Brooklyn. It, too, sold globally and is currently getting developed as a premium TV series in the U.S. Mr. Morais is working with partners on that project and acting as an Executive Producer. Mr. Morais is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography Pierre Cardin: The Man Who Became a Label, and is currently completing his third novel, The Man With No Borders, the story of a Spanish private banker living in Switzerland and coming to terms with his life.
Mr. Moraisâs literary works are all based on impeccable historical and technical research, a skill set he picked up as an award-winning journalist. He was both the editor of Barronâs Penta, an acclaimed glossy magazine for wealthy families; and Forbesâs European Bureau Chief, the magazineâs longest-serving foreign correspondent, stationed in London for 18 years. His unique brief at Forbes allowed him to travel anywhere in the world and to write on any subject that interested him. His unusual business stories â from a controversial interview with Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street, to his profile of the low-key Indian billionaire Adi Godrej â have led to multiple journalism awards.
Mr. Morais has uniquely won three awards and six nominations at the Business Journalist of The Year Awards, the only competition in the world where the best U.S. and British business journalists competed directly in a single event. His literary works, meanwhile, were semifinalists in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and short-listed for Britainâs Ian St. James Award. Mr. Morais was named the 2015Â Citizen Diplomat of the Year â the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department â âfor promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.â