Chef Flynn (2018)

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While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the "Teen Chef," establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn's rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg's exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn's singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star's rise as seen from the inside.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Whether hitting a curveball or creating haute cuisine, there is something fascinating about watching a precocious talent at work.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

What sets this lively, engaging doc apart is that we see Flynn become a culinary star through the eyes of his mother.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

For a film whose subject rightfully demands to be seen as more than just a kid, Chef Flynn does way too much coddling.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Chef Flynn" is an engaging documentary about McGarry's boy-to-man journey, which concludes as he prepares to open his own restaurant in Manhattan.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's as an ambiguous study of parenting a prodigy that the film lingers on the palate, as McGarry's mother Meg documents and manages his evolution to an obsessive, gradually oppressive degree.

Mar 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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The Food Network crowd will go nuts for the doc, but beyond the shots of luscious dishes, there's a pretty interesting character study here, as well.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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