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Chef (2014)

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A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.



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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 (

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, and Scarlet Johansson would later work on The Jungle Book. See more »


When Percy sets up a Twitter account for Carl, the two of them decide on a handle (screen name) for him, but no password is mentioned. One cannot use an account for any electronic service without first establishing a password. See more »


Carl Casper: [excitedly reading Ramsey Michel's review] "Gauloises: Eager to Please. Ten years ago, I had the good fortune to dine at Chef Casper's revelatory Miami bistro, Marrow. The sheer audacity of this fresh, brave voice of the culinary scene reminded me why I write about food as a vocation. It is nearly impossible to separate my glowing regard for Chef Casper and how much he inspired me from my expectations as I sat down to dine at the recently remodeled Brentwood Gallic staple, Gauloises. Oh, how ...
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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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I loved it
9 May 2015 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Jon Favreau is Chef Carl Casper working in a restaurant for a boss he doesn't see eye to eye with. He ends up leaving his job after he becomes fed up with the menu and receiving some bad criticism from a food critic. He exchanges insults with the food critic via Twitter and of course it goes viral and Carl's reputation is really on the line. He's also having some problems with his own personal life after he and his wife split and he is trying to build a relationship with his young son. The story follows Carl as he looks to get his career back on track and build stronger bonds with his loved ones.

The whole cast was very likable and easy to relate to, Carl and Tony had a very funny working relationship and are then joined by Carl's son, Percy when they get the food truck going. Then we have smaller roles for Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Vergara...some cast list that.

This is certainly a feel good film, I couldn't help but smile when watching. There was some lovely looking food on display and a great soundtrack to boot. Although it was mostly a comedy (and it was pretty hilarious in places) the film also had some heated arguments for dramatic effect, I felt this worked really well to show the viewer just what the characters are going through. Overall it was just a fun, unique film.

A really enjoyable film, heartwarming, feel good fun, one of the best films of 2014. 9/10.

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