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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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Ramsey Michel
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Miami Cop
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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 | tequila | beer | See All (59) »

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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)  »

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Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$204,961 (USA) (11 May 2014)

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$30,640,336 (USA) (4 September 2014)
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When Carl and Percy go to the cinema, they are watching Iron Man (2008). Jon Favreau directed and appeared in that movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Riva: Look, if you bought Stones tickets and Jagger didn't play Satisfaction, how would you feel? Would you be happy?
Carl Casper: No.
Riva: No! You'd burn the place to the fucking ground.
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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 Hell's Kitchen (2005) See more »

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Oye Como Va
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by "Perico" Hernández
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Tasty!
30 August 2014 | by (United States) – 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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