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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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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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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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Aaron Franklin, from Franklin BBQ, Austin, Texas, appears in the movie. Aaron has been awarded a James Beard Award in the category of Best Chef: Southwest. See more »

Goofs

When on Miami Beach with Russel Peters, there is an actor in the far back of the crowd wearing all black and aviator sunglasses.He pops in and out between cuts, and finally ends up right next to Carl as the third person in the picture being taken. He is foreign actor Safi, who was making a subtle cameo as a friend of the production. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.12 (2016) See more »

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Mi Swing Es Tropical
Written by Nicolas Desimone, Hector Alomar and Will Holland
Performed by Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars
Courtesy of Wonderwheel Recordings
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CHEF is a real charmer
19 May 2014 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

CHEF is a total delight! I was expecting a forced attempt by Hollywood veterans to make a "charming" and "heartfelt" indie. Instead, I discovered a truly genuine film that is both charming and heartfelt for real with no unnecessary plot points (OK, the end is a bit rushed and tagged on). This is the best film since SINGIN IN THE RAIN to depict the pleasure and fun of hard work, friendship, and camaraderie. CHEF has a great spirit that is never forced and every performance is truly perfect. Just spot on in every way. Favreau really shows what a great director of actors he is in the direction of Emjay Anthony. This is a real kid, not a movie kid.

CHEF will surprise you in the best way! Work hard, appreciate what you've got. A great message.


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