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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

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Jon Favreau
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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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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.


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Rated R for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The short scene with Carl (Jon Favreau) and Percy (Emjay Anthony) in the cinema features the audio from Iron Man's repulsor rays, as a nod to Favreau's previous work with the Iron Man films. See more »

Goofs

They went to buy the stove and other things in Charlie's Fixtures inc. This company is in LA not Miami. See more »

Quotes

Carl Casper: I just wanna say one thing. I just wanna say one thing. Just one thing.
Riva: Let's go to the kitchen.
Carl Casper: Stop it. Stop it for a second!
Riva: Let's just...
Carl Casper: I have been waiting to talk to this prick for a long time.
Riva: Ok.
Carl Casper: [Talking to Ramsey Michel] I am not cloying. I am not needy. I don't care what you think. You're not getting to me. I'm not needy! Chocolate lava cake is not just undercooked chocolate cake. That's not what makes the center molten. You take a frozen cylinder of ganache and set it in the ramekin so ...
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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 »

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The Hustler
Written & Performed by Willie Colón
Courtesy of Fania Records
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You won't want to miss this one
14 July 2014 | by LaakbaarSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this funny and heart-warming movie about a chef and his relationship with food and his son. The film is worth about 8.5 in my books. The current IMDb score is roughly accurate, despite the inexplicably negative reviews and voting of a tiny minority.

Leguizamo and Vergara light up every scene they're in. Quite a few A-list Hollywood stars are in this movie, but it's not a Hollywood movie at all. The performances by all the main and supporting actors were excellent. When I try to single one or two out, I just start thinking about how good the others were too.

You feel like the movie had no script at all, that's how natural the writing was. Remarkably cliché-free.

I was subtly but deftly moved at the end. This is an optimistic guy movie but women will enjoy it as well.

Kudos to Favreau (of course) and to everyone else involved in this film. I have a new respect for Favreau and will watch out for his films in the future.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$48,428,048
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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