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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

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 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$48,428,048
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are five cast members who previously appeared in Marvel-based films. Jon Favreau appeared in Daredevil (2003) opposite Ben Affleck, and went on to portray "Happy" Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Robert Downey Jr. appeared as Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and Scarlett Johansson appeared as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oliver Platt appeared as a C.I.A. agent in X-Men: First Class (2011), and Bobby Cannavale appeared as Paxton in Ant-Man (2015). See more »

Goofs

When first leaving Florida in the food van, driving down the highway, the gear selector remains in "park" position. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Here you go, little man.
[hands Percy a bottle of beer]
Percy: Are you sure? Is this beer?
Martin: No, of course not, I would never hand you beer. That's *cerveza*.
Percy: I'm 10, I can't have beer.
Martin: You're not 10! You're kitchen staff, kitchen staff doesn't have an age.
Percy: Dad?
Carl Casper: You can have a sip.
[Percy takes a sip from the bottle and makes a disgusted face]
Carl Casper: Huh? Like piss, right?
[...]
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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

Referenced in Don't Quit Your Gay Job: Food Truck (2019) See more »

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Lucky Man
Written by Courtney Morrison, Nicole Sharpe, John Holt, Tyrone Evans, & Howard Barrett
Performed by Courtney John
Courtesy of Fiwi Music Jamaica
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An immensely satisfying treat
30 January 2015 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

As I've been exposing myself to new types of movies and different filmmakers, I sometimes feel like I'm trying new food. CHEF, directed by and starring Jon Favreau, was a delightful little indie "dish" and an immensely satisfying treat. It's about a chef, Carl Casper (Favreau), who works for this French restaurant. One night a critic (Oliver Platt) comes in and later posts a scathing review on Twitter that goes viral. Carl, a little bit new to social media, inadvertently starts a flame war with the critic and challenges him to come back because he'll cook the menu he wanted to cook the first time around. Things don't end up going so well, and Carl leaves his job as chef and takes his ex-wife's (Sofia Vergara) advice about starting a food truck. Narratively, the film is somewhat divided. The first third or so is more of a traditional "food" movie with some relationship drama thrown in, but at a critical point the film shifts gears into a road trip movie. Structure aside, I thought that they did a great job balancing the food aspects (which looked amazing) and the character relationships. The key relationship is between Carl and his son, who comes along with him on his food truck journey. It was really great to see how the relationship changed and improved over the course of the film. Something should also be said for the cast. Although most of them have relatively small roles, Favreau was able to call in some favors and get Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara to appear here. Even though most of these people only appear in the first half when Carl works at the restaurant (and are therefore dropped once the narrative switches gear), it was still nice to see them. I thought they all gave excellent performances, even for such small roles. The only iffy member of the cast was the boy who plays Carl's son who, at times, seemed like a blank slate. Maybe that was intentional? I don't know, but he also is a child actor so I won't make too big a deal out of it. The only other aspect of the movie I find fault with is the way in which the film ends, which I won't spoil here. All I'll say about it is that it was a little TOO nice and clean. That being said, I thought that CHEF really worked on an emotional level. Overall, it might not be the best film I've ever seen, but it had a feelgood atmosphere, great dialogue and some great cooking. Bon appetit!


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