“As writer, director, producer and actor, Jon Favreau has toiled for so long on the epic Hollywood battlefields of the Iron Man franchise that you may forget his unique indie start with Swingers and Made. Chef marks Favreau's triumphant return to personal filmmaking. It's an artful surprise and an exuberant gift. Chef sits you down to the modest pleasures of a dish served with simplicity and loving finesse. It's one from the heart.
“Favreau, an underrated actor in his best screen performance to date, stars as Carl Casper, the master chef at a chic L.A. restaurant. His workaholism has cost Carl his marriage to Inez (Sofia Vergara) and a fulfilling relationship with their 11-year-old son, Percy. Carl enjoys a casual hookup with Molly (Scarlett Johansson), his floor manager. But, creatively, Carl is stuck in a successful rut.
“The catalyst for change comes in the person of Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt, superb), a much-feared food blogger who decides to review Carl for the first time in a decade. Foodies will salivate at the scenes in the kitchen, as Carl preps a new menu with the grill chef (John Leguizamo) and the sous-chef (Bobby Cannavale). But the restaurant owner (Dustin Hoffman), citing the expectations he'd have at a Stones concert, insists Carl serve his greatest hits. Carl complies. The review is scalding. Carl retaliates on social media. Viral combat breaks out. Having lost his job, Carl refurbishes an old food truck, and hits the road, making gourmet Cuban food with his friends and his son by his side.
“Chef is deliciously entertaining, comic, touching and often bitingly true, since Favreau is happily allergic to jokes without a character base. All the actors are aces. Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


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