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

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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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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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Budget:

$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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When Carl (Jon Favreau) and Molly (Scarlett Johansson) are talking outside the bar, Molly told Carl that he wasn't happy, and that she wants him to be happy. A possible nod to Jon's character "Happy" Hogan in the Iron Man movies. See more »

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After being on the 10 freeway all the way from Florida, New Orleans, past Austin and on to Los Angeles, they are seen entering California outside of Laughlin Nevada. See more »

Quotes

Percy: [sets up a Twitter account for Carl] Okay. So, what do you want your username to be?
Carl Casper: Carl.
Percy: You can't just put "Carl". It's got to be "at" something.
Carl Casper: At Carl Casper.
Percy: At Carl Casper. Taken.
Carl Casper: Somebody took my name?
Percy: At Chef Carl Casper? Is that cool?
Carl Casper: Yeah, that's good.
Percy: At Chef Carl Casper.
Carl Casper: So is this for sex?
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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 »

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References Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012) See more »

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West Coast Poplock
Written by Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Mikel Hooks and Ronnie Hudson
Performed by Ronnie Hudson And The Street People
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Tasty!
30 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I can't help feeling that this movie is not only about a chef finding himself, but it's also about lead actor/director Jon Favreau trying to get back in touch with the kind of films he used to make -- small ones without guys wearing super-suits or cowboys drawing down on aliens. Here, Favreau's Carl Casper quits his big Iron Restaurant job and rediscovers himself, and his passion for food and family, by running a Chef-sized food truck. Results: excellent.

Films like this can be lost if the wrong kid is cast. Emjay Anthony is the right kid. He's great as Percy. I particularly enjoyed the way the film handled Percy's internet-savviness, and how he used it. John Leguizamo is a great fit as Carl's friend and sous-chef. Sofia Vergara as Carl's ex- wife is, as usual, capable and stunning.

See Chef, and bear witness as a good filmmaker continues his journey to becoming a great one.


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