2 user 5 critic

The Chef's Letter (2008)

In the early morning hours, a chef struggles to write the letter that could overturn his ordered life forever.


Sybil H. Mair


Sybil H. Mair
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Credited cast:
Layke Anderson Layke Anderson ... The Young Man
Ray Fearon ... The Sous Chef
Jonathan Firth ... The Chef
Lauren Steventon Lauren Steventon ... The Young Woman


A successful chef lives his life as he runs his kitchen, but his familiar regime of order and control is put to the test when unexpectedly he falls in love with one of his staff. Today he decides to make his feelings known, and so he writes. His plan set in his mind, he launches into the day's work, but as the hours progress, his sense of anticipation begins to distort his perceptions. As reality and plan diverge, the chef begins to lose his grip. Written by Sybil H. Mair

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Desire disrupts harmony....


Short | Drama


Did You Know?


Edited into Boys on Film 8: Cruel Britannia (2012) See more »

User Reviews

Wonderful short film
19 October 2009 | by panicovSee all my reviews

I saw this wonderful short film at Salento International Film Festival 2009. This Festival is every year in September in Tricase, a little nice town in Lecce district, not far from Santa Maria di Leuca, in Puglia region (ITALY), the land of trulli and masserias (apulian old farms). I found this short really interesting. In my opinion is one of the the most interesting short film of the whole Salento international film festival. And it's Excellently directed by Sybil Mair, a young director from England. The director is the writer and the producer too. The different way of telling a love story, through camera shots rather than words, sounds touching. As the shots move from the office to the kitchen scene, you almost have the feeling that not only the environment has changed, but also the approach of the author towards the story has. The soundtrack surely helps the moviemaker throughout the hole short; notes and scenes perfectly merge giving the story a feeling of harmony. CONCLUSIONS: A really well made film with a really good photography. Perfect editing. Original beautiful music too by composer Stephen Daltry. I visited The chef's letter website and I found that this short had different winning awards. 1) BEST SHORT FILM BY A FEMALE DIRECTOR Salento International Film Festival 2009. 2) Iris Prize 2009 NOMINEE at Iris Prize Film Festival. 3) JURY CHOICE SILVER MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE at Park City Film Music Festival. 4) Award for Best Drama HONORABLE MENTION at International Festival of Cinema & Technology… so my first impression about this short was not completely wrong!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

July 2008 (USA) See more »


Box Office


GBP10,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaius Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed