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Chef (2014)

 -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')
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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)

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

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

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

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

Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi sent Favreau to a week of intensive French culinary schooling, where Favreau sharpened his knife skills and learned how to make sauces. "I brought him into the kitchen, and he just kind of fit in," Choi recalls. "I threw him a couple tests, like a case of chives, or a case of onions, or peel two cases of avocados. Just to see where his mind and his situation and his abilities were and how interested he was in these things. He just attacked them. He really became a part of it." See more »

Goofs

When Percy creates Carl's Twitter account they settle on the name @ChefCarlCasper. Yet Carl's very first tweet, which he thought was a private message to Ramsey Michel, was shown to have been posted by @CasperCarl. For the remainder of the movie his Tweets correctly identified him as @ChefCarlCasper. See more »

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

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References Iron Man (2008) See more »

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Tired of Being Alone
Written by Al Green
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
By arrangement with Fat Possum / Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.
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A 'feel-good' film for adults
6 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Chef.' I only watched it because I used the film as a 'filler' on my online rental list. However, after viewing it, I'm glad I did. For a long film, it passes by pretty well. Not that it's anything that original. It's a pretty standard tale of loss and redemption. A cranky – yet strangely lovable – chef loses his job in a restaurant and has to go it alone in a 'mobile food wagon' (while naturally trying to win back his estranged family).

If you've ever seen ANY film before, you'll probably be able to guess the story from A to B. However, just because it's predictable doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. Yes, (the always on form) Robert Downey Jr is in it and obviously he's the biggest name attached to the project, but it's not really 'his' film. Jon Favreau is what holds it all together. Despite being a little loud and a little obnoxious, he always seems to have his heart on show, making quite a believable hero to root for.

There are plenty of other big and semi-big names in the film, but it's Favreau who makes it worth watching. It's not always funny and not always dramatic – just a gentle vibe which falls somewhere between the two. It's a nice movie to sit and relax with – as long as you don't mind the bad language!


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