Thank you, Harvey. I have not seen this film.
The critics were not so kind to TEN DAYS WONDER, but the scene and the observations remind me of what François Cluzet said about a later Claude Chabrol film which was dismissed as a trifle, THE SWINDLE. Cluzet, one of the film's stars, as I related in my review of THE SWINDLE (and too many times since), told a San Francisco audience that a prime consideration for Chabrol in making a picture was, could it be an occasion for the cast and crew to experience an interesting new or different cuisine? If true, I'm sure that Welles found Chabrol congenial in this regard.
I thank you, too, for leading me to one of the few fresh laugh out loud bits about Cinema I've come across on the Internet. A correspondent on the blog relates how impressed he was with the camera work for TEN DAYS WONDER, to the point of asking Chabrol whether or not Orson Welles might have influenced the technical making of the film.
Chabrol is supposed to have replied, jocularly: "Who do you think I am, Norman Foster?"
Now there's the rejoinder of a perfectly confident man!