Chef

After making a couple of Iron Man films for Marvel,  Jon Favreau decided to make a smaller independent picture about a head chef in an LA restaurant.

Carl Casper is one of the best chef’s around but is somewhat hampered by his restaurant’s owner’s insistence to stick to the popular dishes and not experiment.  When the menu (and him) is criticised by a food critic (Oliver Platt)  a Twitter war begins and Carl quits his job.

Travelling with his son and ex-wife to Miami, Carl sets himself up with a food truck making Cuban Sandwiches and aided by his buddy Martin (John Leguizamo) and son, travel across America bringing good food to the masses.

Favreau has assembled a top notch cast for the film which includes Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara and then gives them a smart sparkling script to play off on.  The relationship on screen between Carl and his son Percy (Emjay Anthony) is incredibly well written and touching as well as beautifully acted.  Overall this is a film to be treasured, it’s not flashy but lovingly put together by a director who clearly can make great films whether smaller more personal pictures or wham-bam action.  Excellent and well recommended.

  • Starring Jon Favereau  Robert Downey, Jr.  Bobby Cannavale
  • Director Jon Favereau
  • Distributor Lionsgate