A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.


Daniel Cohen





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Alexandre Lagarde
Michaël Youn ... Jacky Bonnot
Raphaëlle Agogué Raphaëlle Agogué ... Béatrice
Julien Boisselier ... Stanislas Matter
Salomé Stévenin Salomé Stévenin ... Amandine
Pierre Vernier ... Paul Matter
Santiago Segura ... Juan
Serge Larivière ... Titi
Geneviève Casile Geneviève Casile ... La mère de Béatrice
Issa Doumbia Issa Doumbia ... Moussa
Bun-hay Mean Bun-hay Mean ... Chang
André Penvern ... Le père de Béatrice
Rebecca Miquel Rebecca Miquel ... Carole
James Gerard ... Cyril Boss (as James Gérard)
Henri Payet Henri Payet ... Thibault


Jacky Bonnot is 32 years old and a lover of haute cuisine. He is undeniably talented and he dreams of success managing a great restaurant, but he and his wife's financial situation obliges him to accept odd jobs that he is not passionate about and thus, never able to keep. One day he runs into his idol, Alexandre Lagarde, a famous multi-star chef whose comfortable situation is threatened by the holding group that owns his restaurants.

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Competition Can Be Delicious


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »

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This movie was made in two different countries: Spain and France, and translated into four different languages: Spanish, English, Japanese, French. See more »


Jacky Bonnot: I can make it beef bourguignon?
Nurse: In two, three years.
Jacky Bonnot: Why is it taking so long?
Nurse: It's a baby.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is an out-take of Juan (the Spanish molecular cuisine chef) chasing ducks in a back yard. See more »


She Stood me Up
Written by Sacha Noubard Pacha and Francois Fournet
Performed by Sacha Noubard Pacha
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Good-natured but predictable and harmless fun
9 September 2013 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

Nothing to be ashamed here, you can do worse than spend an evening with this comedy, but there's little here that puts it above other feel-good comedies with the exception of Jean Reno - who is, sadly, the only one here with real comedy timing. The main actor, Youn, is obviously a bit overstrained with carrying the movie.

Apart from the boring lead, the gags are OK and mostly good-natured, what's maybe missing is a bit more "bite" or bitterness in this altogether rather sweet mix. Some punches are thrown against stylish kitchen trends and star restaurants (which is OK with me, but those are easy targets).

Recommended for people who like cooking themselves (as we do).

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French | Spanish | Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Chef See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,290, 22 June 2014

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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