Chef (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chef (2014)



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 Roadmore
Rating: R (for language, including some suggestive referneces)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Favreau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2014
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Jon Favreau
as Carl Casper
Oliver Platt
as Ramsey Michel
Russell Peters
as Miami Cop
Will Schutze
as Mr. Bonetangles
Alberto Salas
as Band Member
Alfredo Ortiz
as Band Member
Daniel Palacio
as Band Member
Mauricio DelMonte
as Band Member
Leonardo DaNilo
as Versailles Host
Nili Fuller
as Marvin's Assistant
Charles Lao
as Kitchen Supply Clerk
Roy Choi
as Himself
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News & Interviews for Chef

Critic Reviews for Chef

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (38)

It's such a treat to see such an endearing slice o' life in the middle of this blockbuster season. There's not a single comic book character in sight.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

The film transcends to something special - if only briefly - in a moment of silent reflection upon Carl's return from the road trip. The contrived tearjerker that immediately ensues could almost be forgiven.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Critic's Notebook

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

Audience Reviews for Chef


Competent and more or less charming, but the plot features little credible adversity and stakes that ring hollow. It's a slice of life, sure, but it just doesn't feel "real-life" enough. Insistent and borderline insipid.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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