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Feel good meal of the summer
For Starter: A platter of bruschetta
Chef strolls in like an episode of Masterchef. Displaying a feast of culinary specials and delicatessen that makes your mouth water. Head Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favareau) along with his sous chef Tony (Bobby Cannavale) and next in line, Martin (John Leguizamo) have a success of dishing up the best food in town. Like a plate of food porn it dishes up the best of fine dining and friendly chemistry between the kitchen staff. Unfortunately, this is all at the cost of being an abandoned husband to Inez (Sofia Vergara) and father to son Percy (Emjay Anthony). A great ensemble all lovable with passion for the kitchen and foundations to be built upon. However, an hour in and no further development in either plot nor character sees the crew feel like a drag and with the main meal still to come, the warm up begins to become more of a filler than it needs to be. An extensive cameo from starlet Scarlett Johansson adds little to the plot in addition some of the shopping/cooking scenes could have been omitted to deleted scenes on a DVD package, while the set-up is brilliant, it takes far too long and there's far too much here to digest for the real story to begin. We realised he was a cook and bad father in the first 15 minutes.
For Main: Pan Fried Steak with a side of sweet potato fries and honey jus
Finally, when Casper loses his job after abusing a food critic over Twitter, the real film begins. A road trip movie which sees Carl, Martin and Percy take the love of food and build their bond. Rich in bromance and the relationship between Carl and Percy gets stronger throughout the journey and realising his sons strengths in the growing world of social media (leading to a hilarious exchange of teaching Carl to use Twitter) by the closing chapter, the fun and passion for food and family will make you want to ditch the popcorn for something rich in flavour. Supported with a side of a soulful soundtrack and the sights and sounds from Miami to New Orleans, this truly is the feel good hit of the summer. Those expecting Iron Man 2.5 can walk away now, sharing cameos (which are unneeded) with a comedic written script, 'Chef' is a blast that can forgive its lengthy beginning in return for a tasty dish best served to an audience in need of a smile.
For Dessert: Popping Candy Ice Cream with Lemon Tart
Closing out with a brief fast forward of the after effects feels rushed and frankly unrequired as the journey tells a thousand words but one thing Favareau has achieved with 'Chef' is a lovable trio on an adventure that stretches neither budget nor fiction (well, perhaps from being unemployed and paying thousands on a kitchen). Overall, this has the ingredients for a superb dish but some portions could have been smaller than others and inside is a raw tale of companionship and passion all with a gooey centre that serves a great slice of summer.
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I absolutely love this programme, along with Big Bang Theory, this is the highlight of my week. E4 comedy double yet I don't understand why it has not been kept on! When TV execs want ratings wars they will never win with a half hour comedy slot! Money comes over substance as it (NBC) never even aired the season finale! With great acting, genuinely LOL scenes and a love for all the characters, even Leigh and Rex. I watch this with my fiancé and at last a comedy we can both find the funny side of it. Everyone can relate to it and even know somebody like these characters.
I'd love for this to continue however I think the big bosses have made up there minds and with a large fan base (3 million in America and then there's the rest of us around the globe) that will now be replaced by another attempt to replicate some old material like 2 and half men in favour of something fresh.
Shame on you NBC!