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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.

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writer:

Jon Favreau
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi sent Favreau to a week of intensive French culinary schooling, where Favreau sharpened his knife skills and learned how to make sauces. "I brought him into the kitchen, and he just kind of fit in", Choi recalls. "I threw him a couple of tests, like a case of chives, or a case of onions, or peel two cases of avocados. Just to see where his mind and his situation and his abilities were and how interested he was in these things. He just attacked them. He really became a part of it." Eventually 5 years after this films release Favreau and Choi teamed up again on The Chefs Show (2019) which is a cooking/documentary show on Netflix See more »

Goofs

There is some disconnect with the positioning of the sleeping Percy and his grandpa. First he is slumped on the seat with grandpa's arm over him and next shot he is snuggled on grandpa's chest and a little while later he is even higher on grandpa. 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

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Krampus (2015) See more »

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I Like It Like That
Written by Tony Pabon & Manny Rodriguez
Performed by Pete Rodriguez
Courtesy of Fania Records
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Tasty!
30 August 2014 | by thirteenprimeSee 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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