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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

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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Referenced in Unnamed Film Shot a Second Per Day (2014) See more »

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Ali Baba
Written by Louie Ramirez
Performed by Louie Ramirez
Courtesy of Fania Records
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Food-porn at its best
9 April 2014 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Jon Favreau's pet project, after a decade of big budget, heavy-on-special-effects, blockbusters and fantasy fair, is as charming as they come. The film follows a master chef (played by Favreau) whose career is derailed and, as a last resort, opens a food truck and drives across country with his young son and his sous-chef, played by John Leguizamo, selling Cubano sandwiches. Along the way, we're treated to food-porn at its best and introduced to a cast of characters that would make Woody Allen blush: Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansen, and a slew of other familiar faces.

This is still a far cry from 'Swingers' - the film that began the plague that is Vince Vaughn and managed to charm every straight man in America - but the man knows how to make a light comedy with clever dialogue that doesn't feel frivolous. This is far from indie/art-house but Favreau was candid in saying that he had no desire to make a cinematic contribution, he simply fell in love with the premise, ran with it, and the result brought the house down.


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