I saw Chef tonight at the Fox Bay Cinema, as part of the NY Film Critics Series. It is the story of Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau). He has a secure but artistically stifling job at a top LA restaurant. A negative review from food critic Ransey Michel (Oliver Platt) and bad treatment by restaurant owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman) pushes Carl to quit his job and start up a food truck. As he seeks artistic freedom in the food truck, he rediscovers his relationships with his son and his ex-wife.
I liked this movie a lot. There was a tremendous amount of food porn but it was not just a two hour long cooking show. The storyline was very entertaining and the acting was superb. The use of A-level talent in relatively minor roles was unexpectedly amusing. You could tell that this was a labor of love for Favreau and his friends wanted to do what they could to help.
I would highly recommend seeking this movie out.