Chef (2014)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.


Movie Info

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (c) Open Road

Rating: R (for language, including some suggestive referneces)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Favreau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2014
Runtime:
Open Road Films - Official Site

Cast


as Carl Casper

as Ramsey Michel

as Miami Cop

as Mr. Bonetangles

as Band Member

as Band Member

as Band Member

as Band Member

as Versailles Host

as Marvin's Assistant

as Kitchen Supply Clerk

as Himself
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Chef

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Login

Critic Reviews for Chef

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (37)

It's incredibly sweet, but still perplexing with its dashes of bitter.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Film School Rejects

It's 20 minutes too long and a hair too manipulative, but Favreau is so intent on delivering a pleasurable experience that it almost seems unfair to hold his excesses against him.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
NOW Toronto

Whatever you do, don't go to see Chef on an empty stomach -- it's a feel-good foodie film that will have you salivating within minutes.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Radio Times

Favreau's movie is loose-limbed, even a tad aimless, but it's appetizing in more ways than one (you'll probably be famished by the time you leave the theater), and it may prove to be the feel-good movie of the summer.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Sacramento News & Review

With his "passion project" comedy Chef, Jon Favreau reminds us why we liked him in the first place.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Salt Lake Tribune

The Hollywood ending, like too much of this promising film, suggests the recipe book.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Chef

½

This seems more like a project of pure egocentrism and self-indulgence from Jon Favreau, as he plays an idiot surrounded by gorgeous women like Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson in a feel-good story that will only feel good to himself - really, it doesn't even have a real conflict.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

A little-viewed gastronomical gem that was mercilessly mocked by "Esquire" magazine - a publication I ordinarily revere! Jon Favreau's not really my cup of French Onion Soup, but his "fat-strong" physicality really fits the character of media-maligned celebrity chef Carl Casper looking for his new culinary bliss. The little visual details (like the chef's knife tattooed on his inner forearm and his impressive speed-julienning skills) had me convinced that Favreau must be a real Epicurean.

The food looks glorious, of course - a bon vivant's dream. The exposition goes on for too long though; the restaurant owner is so illogically pig-headed about not giving Casper free rein over the menu, which needlessly drags out the inciting showdown of chef vs. food critic. However, the father-son-mentor-apprentice-food-truck-road-trip-bonding movie that eventually begins is quite adorable and inspirational. There are small conflicts, but they are solved in realistic ways in good time, and the supporting gang of sous-chefs played by John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale adds some spicy ethnic flair. RDJ makes a very RDJ-esque cameo, ScarJo rocks a Bettie Page look, and Sofia Vergara's maternal instinct is impressively subdued.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A very simple concept drives "Chef" forward: food porn. Every other shot of this film is looking above a professionally staged plate of gorgeous food. Jon Favreau executes a savory and sweet film, based on food, and how it shapes us as people. It can bring a family together, it can be your brilliant passion, or it can change your perspective on cultures and traditions foreign to you. The first forty minutes of this film drags the runtime into two hours all of which exists just to set up the main character, who is having issues with his son and ex-wife, and isn't as motivated and passionate about his work as he once was. The rest of the film follows him, his friend, and his son as they travel the country in a food truck, learning the different local cuisines and using Twitter to go viral in different cities. The inclusion of Twitter was a little distracting and reeked of product sponsorship, but it was also a giant plot motivator in the first half of the film. Besides that, it was actually really interesting to see the impact of the social media platform in the unique world of food trucks. It's not a new film, or one that will age well, but if you like food (which better be everyone) than this will be a film that you both appreciate and enjoy.

FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Chef Quotes

– Submitted by Humbler A (15 months ago)
– Submitted by Humbler A (15 months ago)
– Submitted by Peter A (16 months ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Chef on our Movie forum!