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Le Chef (2012)

Comme un chef (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 June 2014 (USA)
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A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

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Alexandre Lagarde
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Jacky Bonnot
Raphaëlle Agogué ...
Béatrice
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Stanislas Matter
Salomé Stévenin ...
Amandine
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Titi
Issa Doumbia ...
Moussa
Bun-hay Mean ...
Chang
Pierre Vernier ...
Paul Matter
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Juan
Geneviève Casile ...
La mère de Béatrice
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Le père de Béatrice
Rebecca Miquel ...
Carole
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Cyril Boss (as James Gérard)
Henri Payet ...
Thibault
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A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

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$11,290 (USA) (20 June 2014)

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$342,667 (USA) (15 August 2014)
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This movie was made in two different countries: Spain and France, and translated into four different languages: Spanish, English, Japanese, French. See more »

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Jacky Bonnot: I can make it beef bourguignon?
Nurse: In two, three years.
Jacky Bonnot: Why is it taking so long?
Nurse: It's a baby.
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After the end credits, there is an out-take of Juan (the Spanish molecular cuisine chef) chasing ducks in a back yard. See more »

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not exactly three stars
8 March 2015 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

Did I already say that I love cooking and films about cooking? I probably did. For food lovers talking, reading, watching TV shows and - why not - seeing movies about food and the people behind food just amplifies the pleasure of enjoying good food and enriches the experience. We have been blessed with a few good movies on this topic, some older (who can forget Louis de Funes in L'Aille et la cuisse?) some recently like the American Chef with an almost identical title as the French comedy Le Chef.

We may of course expect a lot from a French film about 'haute cuisine'

  • the subject should be part of the national expertise after all.


Director and script co-writer Daniel Cohen has taken the easy path with this lighthearted comedy about a famous chef (Jean Reno) who is obsessed with keeping his three Michelin stars intact and an unemployed aspirant (Michael Youn) trying to find his way in the world of high-end cooking. Everybody has a good time and especially Reno who abandons for a short while his tough guy mask and lets us know that he owns a carefully suppressed comic talent.

There is some serious background behind the light comedy which should not be omitted. Great chefs nowadays need to fight increased competition from street food and from the modern trends like 'molecular food' (which incidentally I hate as much as the folks who wrote the script of this film). Fighting kitsch or pretentious avant-garde artistic challenge that is not encountered only by artists in cooking but by many other fields. So are the crisis of creativity, the loss of inspiration, the need to change and do something else in certain turning points of lives and careers. None of these subjects are absent but none is explored to deeply either in 'Le Chef'. The result in culinary terms is a 'souffle' - light and pleasant when eaten but not leaving persistent memories after the consumption. I mentioned the American movie 'Chef' which also dealt with a famous cook in some crisis in his life and career turning to street food. Well, the food in the American 'Chef' may not have been as classy as the food in the French 'Le Chef' but the film that resulted was better.


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