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Chef (2014)

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A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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Jon Favreau

Writer:

Jon Favreau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Favreau ... Carl Casper
John Leguizamo ... Martin
Bobby Cannavale ... Tony
Emjay Anthony ... Percy
Scarlett Johansson ... Molly
Dustin Hoffman ... Riva
Sofía Vergara ... Inez
Oliver Platt ... Ramsey Michel
Amy Sedaris ... Jen
Robert Downey Jr. ... Marvin
Russell Peters ... Miami Cop
Chase Grimm Chase Grimm ... Vendor
Will Schutze Will Schutze ... Mr. Bonetangles
Gloria Sandoval ... Flora
Jose C. Hernandez Jose C. Hernandez ... Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,961, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:

$31,424,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,967,935
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The BBQ place in the movie is Franklin's BBQ in Austin, Texas, which regularly sells out before noon and has long lines of customers waiting to get in. See more »

Goofs

When on Miami Beach with Russel Peters, there is an actor in the far back of the crowd wearing all black and aviator sunglasses.He pops in and out between cuts, and finally ends up right next to Carl as the third person in the picture being taken. He is foreign actor Safi, who was making a subtle cameo as a friend of the production. See more »

Quotes

Carl Casper: [passing around the corn starch] Want some? Here, it's like baby powder. Cool your nuts... It's nice, right?
Percy: Nice.
Carl Casper: What's good is, in the morning, you can dip your nuts in oil and make hush puppies.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Chef Show: Aaron Franklin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Traditional
Performed by Rebirth Brass Band
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Food-porn at its best
9 April 2014 | by basil1984See all my reviews

Jon Favreau's pet project, after a decade of big budget, heavy-on-special-effects, blockbusters and fantasy fair, is as charming as they come. The film follows a master chef (played by Favreau) whose career is derailed and, as a last resort, opens a food truck and drives across country with his young son and his sous-chef, played by John Leguizamo, selling Cubano sandwiches. Along the way, we're treated to food-porn at its best and introduced to a cast of characters that would make Woody Allen blush: Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansen, and a slew of other familiar faces.

This is still a far cry from 'Swingers' - the film that began the plague that is Vince Vaughn and managed to charm every straight man in America - but the man knows how to make a light comedy with clever dialogue that doesn't feel frivolous. This is far from indie/art-house but Favreau was candid in saying that he had no desire to make a cinematic contribution, he simply fell in love with the premise, ran with it, and the result brought the house down.


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