Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
913 ( 37)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Burnt I (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

Director: John Wells
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
The Judge (2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Due Date (2010)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
Don Jon (2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Lucy I (2014)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
The Intern I (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Begin Again II (2013)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney
Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ramsey Michel
...
Jen
...
...
Miami Cop
Chase Grimm ...
Vendor
Will Schutze ...
Mr. Bonetangles
...
Flora
Jose C. Hernandez ...
Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')
Edit

Storyline

Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

food | food truck | chef | cooking | boy | See All (39) »

Taglines:

Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$204,961 (USA) (9 May 2014)

Gross:

$31,237,528 (USA) (5 September 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Jon Favreau on the director's commentary, for some of the road scenes stock footage was used and the truck was put in the scenes digitally. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding reception, Inez's father's band is playing. During the first few seconds of the scene, you can clearly see and hear him singing the lead. But, during the next few seconds, his voice is heard but his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Carl Casper: I'm like a cat playing a piano.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, there is a brief scene of chef Roi Choi teaching Jon Favreau how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. See more »

Connections

References Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hustler
Written by Willie Colon
Performed by Willie Colon
Courtesy of Fania Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I loved it
9 May 2015 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Jon Favreau is Chef Carl Casper working in a restaurant for a boss he doesn't see eye to eye with. He ends up leaving his job after he becomes fed up with the menu and receiving some bad criticism from a food critic. He exchanges insults with the food critic via Twitter and of course it goes viral and Carl's reputation is really on the line. He's also having some problems with his own personal life after he and his wife split and he is trying to build a relationship with his young son. The story follows Carl as he looks to get his career back on track and build stronger bonds with his loved ones.

The whole cast was very likable and easy to relate to, Carl and Tony had a very funny working relationship and are then joined by Carl's son, Percy when they get the food truck going. Then we have smaller roles for Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Vergara...some cast list that.

This is certainly a feel good film, I couldn't help but smile when watching. There was some lovely looking food on display and a great soundtrack to boot. Although it was mostly a comedy (and it was pretty hilarious in places) the film also had some heated arguments for dramatic effect, I felt this worked really well to show the viewer just what the characters are going through. Overall it was just a fun, unique film.

A really enjoyable film, heartwarming, feel good fun, one of the best films of 2014. 9/10.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was okay. but couldn't get past differences in physical attractiveness ddb540
Dreadful film - little more than a Jon Favreau wet dream nilesnut
Should Be A Family Movie-But Not So Because Of All The Swearing Lux55
beginning screenwriting 101 forgot the third act gnilknoc
The Grilled Cheese Sandwich gage992112
What was the point of ScarJo? jms22
Discuss Chef (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?