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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Ramsey Michel
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Miami Cop
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Will Schutze ...
Mr. Bonetangles
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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 | job | See All (56) »

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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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There are five actors who previously acted in Fox/ Marvel MCu films. Executive Producer Jon Favreau appeared in Daredevil opposite Ben Affleck and went on to portray Happy Hogan in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. Appeared as Tony Stark in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, had a uncredited cameo in The Incredible Hulk , appeared as Tony Stark/ Iron Man in The Avengers and Avengers Age of Ultron and opposite Chris Evans in Captain America Civil War. Scarlett Johnassen appeared as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Captain America: the Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron and Captain America Civil War. Oliver Platt previously appeared as a CIA agent in Xmen : First Class and Bobby Cannivale appeared as Paxton in 2015 Ant Man. See more »

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They went to buy the stove and other things in Charlie's Fixtures inc. This company is in LA not Miami. See more »

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Percy: [sets up a Twitter account for Carl] Okay. So, what do you want your username to be?
Carl Casper: Carl.
Percy: You can't just put "Carl". It's got to be "at" something.
Carl Casper: At Carl Casper.
Percy: At Carl Casper. Taken.
Carl Casper: Somebody took my name?
Percy: At Chef Carl Casper? Is that cool?
Carl Casper: Yeah, that's good.
Percy: At Chef Carl Casper.
Carl Casper: So is this for sex?
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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 Made (2001) See more »

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Sexual Healing
Written by Odell Brown, David Ritz and Marvin Gaye
Performed by Hot 8 Brass Band
Also Performed by Jon Favreau and John Leguizamo (uncredited)
Courtesy of Tru Thoughts Records Ltd.
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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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