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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carl Casper
... Martin
... Tony
... Percy
... Molly
... Riva
... Inez
... Ramsey Michel
... Jen
... Marvin
... Miami Cop
Chase Grimm ... Vendor
Will Schutze ... Mr. Bonetangles
... Flora
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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Plot Keywords:

food | food truck | chef | tequila | beer | See All (58) »


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 USA:

$204,961, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,640,336, 4 September 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,099,145, 4 September 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On Friends (1994), Jon Favreau played a billionaire businessman, who fell in love with Monica (Courtney Cox), who was a chef. See more »


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 »


Carl Casper: Why should I fuck Twitter?
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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 »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.12 (2016) See more »


La Quimbumba
Written by Jose Caridad Hernández
Performed by "Perico" Hernández
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Another SXSW Movie Miracle
11 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

One of the best movies presented at SXSW this year. Hands down. Favreau's character converges a spotlight on the faceless critics who take themselves too seriously and tear down others in pursuit of their own notoriety; an epidemic in this digital day in age as harsh ideals are spammed across the internet with little recourse.

Backed by his star studded cast, Favreau pours his heart and soul into this movie and takes us on a whirlwind trek across the US to pursue passion through a foodies opus. We're inundated with hours of perfectly crafted dishes, social media faux pas, self realization and the path to finding true happiness. Take the Road Trip with Chef and enjoy a film that lets you leave the theater feeling full of love, life and in pursuit of the nearest Franklin's BBQ.

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