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Chef (2014)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  30 May 2014 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramsey Michel
Miami Cop
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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Carl and Molly are talking outside the bar, Molly told Carl that he wasn't 'happy' and that she wants him to be 'happy'. A possible nod to Jon's character Happy in the Iron Man movie series. See more »


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 »


Tony: You're trending bro.
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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 »


References Tosh.0 (2009) See more »


Bang Bang
Written by Joe Cuba & Jimmy Sabater
Performed by Joe Cuba
Courtesy of Fania Records
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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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