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Chef (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 30 May 2014 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramsey Michel
Miami Cop
Chase Grimm ...
Will Schutze ...
Mr. Bonetangles
Jose C. Hernandez ...
Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')


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 | job | See All (56) »


Starting from scratch never tasted so good.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Carl and Percy go to the cinema they are watching Iron Man. Jon Favreau both directed and starred in that movie also. See more »


During the first truck stop, Martin says over the loud speaker "Best Cuban food in all of South Beach. If you need it more authentic swim 90 miles that way" indicating Cuba. Cuba is 90 miles away from Key West (famous for being the most southern point in America, 90 miles from Cuba). They clearly say just before and in the following scenes with the Police Officer that they are on South Beach, Miami, around 150 miles from Key West, and over 200 miles from Cuba. See more »


[last lines]
Martin: Hey! That was a lot of talking and you not punching him. So, what did the asshole say?
Carl Casper: I think that asshole might be our new partner!
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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 »


References Rudy (1993) See more »


Homenaje al Benny (Castellano Que Bueno Balia Usted)
Written by Alexander Delgado, Yosdany Jocab and Fernando Otero
Performed by Gente De Zona
Courtesy of Planet Records, a Trademark of Nuovi Media & Comunicazione srl
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Jon Fraveau sure knows how to make an enjoyable flick
12 June 2015 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Coming from blockbusters like the praised "Iron Man" and the despised "Cowboys & Aliens",and despite being born to the cinema in an indie background, I never thought Jon Favreau could pull off a dramedy so jolly. "Chef" has such a good vibe to it that it's almost impossible not to smile when the movie starts. The opening shots lead us to believe that the plot of the film will only revolve around cooking and menus. However, ten/twenty minutes in and we can clearly understand the it has also other layers, such as, troubled father and son relations, lack of stimule to creativity affecting the main character (Chef Carl Casper), boss/employee relationship, etc. I would say the main purpose of the movie is to tell the story of a troubled middle aged man who wants to break out of the ordinary, have a proper relationship with his son and seeks a freely way of living, a more creative one. Besides the plot, the film also features an amazing cast, starting with Favreau and ending with Robert Downey Jr., amidst the gorgeous looking Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara. Dustin Hoffman also gives a good performance. The young Emjay Anthony is certainly a revelation. "Chef" was one of the best movies of 2014, a comedy for most of the time, with some drama bits which accentuate the light-hearted approach the director went for. The film is also a self-aware critic to all the gastronomic industry, with all it's critics and bloggers and the consequences one bad reckless sentence can have on a cook's life. Besides, social networking is also proeminent in the plot, whether through the usage of Twitter to promote the "El Jefes" food truck or even through the usage of Vine to publish short videos. The photography is competent, wherein the film shines on what concerns to soundtrack. The Spanish sounds grant it a very light-hearted vibe and make it very enjoyable to watch. "Chef" is, above all, a smooth flick and very, I repeat,very enjoyable to watch. Jon Favreau is a name to consider on the next years, starting with "The Jungle Book" slated to release on 2016.

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