Chef

Chef

Chef

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.

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