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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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Flora
Jose C. Hernandez ...
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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food | food truck | chef | cooking | boy | See All (39) »

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

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Comedy | Drama

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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

In the hit TV sitcom FRIENDS, Jon Favreau played a millionaire businessman who fell in love with Monica who was a chef. See more »

Goofs

After being on the 10 freeway all the way from Florida, New Orleans, past Austin and on to Los Angeles, they are seen entering California outside of Laughlin Nevada. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Here you go, little man.
[Hands Percy a bottle of beer]
Percy: Are you sure? Is this beer?
Martin: No, of course not, I would never hand you beer. That's *cerveza*.
Percy: I'm 10, I can't have beer.
Martin: You're not 10! You're kitchen staff, kitchen staff doesn't have an age.
Percy: Dad?
Carl Casper: You can have a sip.
[Percy takes a sip from the bottle and makes a disgusted face]
Carl Casper: Huh? Like piss, right?
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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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Ali Baba
Written by Louie Ramirez
Performed by Louie Ramirez
Courtesy of Fania Records
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You won't want to miss this one
14 July 2014 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this funny and heart-warming movie about a chef and his relationship with food and his son. The film is worth about 8.5 in my books. The current IMDb score is roughly accurate, despite the inexplicably negative reviews and voting of a tiny minority.

Leguizamo and Vergara light up every scene they're in. Quite a few A-list Hollywood stars are in this movie, but it's not a Hollywood movie at all. The performances by all the main and supporting actors were excellent. When I try to single one or two out, I just start thinking about how good the others were too.

You feel like the movie had no script at all, that's how natural the writing was. Remarkably cliché-free.

I was subtly but deftly moved at the end. This is an optimistic guy movie but women will enjoy it as well.

Kudos to Favreau (of course) and to everyone else involved in this film. I have a new respect for Favreau and will watch out for his films in the future.


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