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Chef (2014)

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A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys 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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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)

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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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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,961, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,640,336, 4 September 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,099,145, 4 September 2014
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There are five cast members who previously appeared in Marvel-based films. Jon Favreau appeared in Daredevil (2003) opposite Ben Affleck, and went on to portray "Happy" Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Robert Downey, Jr. appeared as Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johnassen appeared as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oliver Platt appeared as a C.I.A. Agent in X-Men: First Class (2011), and Bobby Cannivale appeared as Paxton in Ant-Man (2015). See more »

Goofs

In the bar scene, Martin (John Leguizamo) lights his same cigarette three times. See more »

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Carl Casper: [excitedly reading Ramsey Michel's review] "Gauloises: Eager to Please. Ten years ago, I had the good fortune to dine at Chef Casper's revelatory Miami bistro, Marrow. The sheer audacity of this fresh, brave voice of the culinary scene reminded me why I write about food as a vocation. It is nearly impossible to separate my glowing regard for Chef Casper and how much he inspired me from my expectations as I sat down to dine at the recently remodeled Brentwood Gallic staple, Gauloises. Oh, how ...
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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 Rudy (1993) See more »

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Travis County
Written by Gary Clark Jr.
Performed by Gary Clark Jr.
Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Records
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Tasty!
30 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I can't help feeling that this movie is not only about a chef finding himself, but it's also about lead actor/director Jon Favreau trying to get back in touch with the kind of films he used to make -- small ones without guys wearing super-suits or cowboys drawing down on aliens. Here, Favreau's Carl Casper quits his big Iron Restaurant job and rediscovers himself, and his passion for food and family, by running a Chef-sized food truck. Results: excellent.

Films like this can be lost if the wrong kid is cast. Emjay Anthony is the right kid. He's great as Percy. I particularly enjoyed the way the film handled Percy's internet-savviness, and how he used it. John Leguizamo is a great fit as Carl's friend and sous-chef. Sofia Vergara as Carl's ex- wife is, as usual, capable and stunning.

See Chef, and bear witness as a good filmmaker continues his journey to becoming a great one.


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