Top 365 Films – #329 – Chef (2014)


Top 365 Films - ChefDIRECTED BY: Jon Favreau

STARRING: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr

BUDGET: N/A

EARNED (Worldwide): $45.9m

AWARDS: None

 

SYNOPSIS

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

 

Carl Casper is the head chef at a restaurant called Gauloise in Brentwood, California. Though he’s well liked by his kitchen staff, Carl is at heads with the owner as he wants Carl to stick to the ‘tired classics’ rather than give him artistic freedom. His frustration eventually boils over in a confrontation with an online food blogger which ruins his career. His ex-wife offers a solution: refit an old food truck to offer the food he wants to cook.

 

I’m pretty sure if you look up Food Porn in the Urban Dictionary, Chef will appear as a primary example of the meaning. After the Iron Man films, Jon Favreau takes us back to film school basics, following Carl Casper, a chef who decides to take control of his own life and career after being shackled at the restaurant he worked at before, by buying and refitting an old food truck, to cook the food he wants, his terms. There is great wit and warmth to this film, especially with Carl spending his time on the truck finally getting to connect with his son on this journey that he never would have if he remained where he was. Great supporting cast with Leguizamo, Anthony, Johansson and Vergara, with the helping of some great food you’ll enjoy this  film. Just don’t watch on an empty stomach.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: The rant from Carl Casper at food blogger Ramsey Michel.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Look, if you bought Stones tickets and Jagger didn’t play Satisfaction, how would you feel? Would you be happy? No! You’d burn the place to the fucking ground.’ – Riva

DID YOU KNOW?: 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.

 

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