There is always that moment when you have your dream job and one decision ends up costing you everything. Chef Carl Casper lives this moment that alters his life permanently in Chef. We attended an early movie screening and was not prepared for all of the delicious food displayed on screen so before you go see the Chef movie, eat dinner beforehand and plan to get more afterward.
Foodies are going to love all of the shots of delicious and mouth watering food on the screen. If you are not used to seeing an entire pig being prepared in a kitchen, once you are past those few short seconds the rest of the movie delivers delicious meals you can almost smell and taste in the theatre.
Chef Carl Casper, played by Jon Favreau, has his dream job making meals but when a famous food critic comes to the restaurant, life changes for Carl. Dustin Hoffman plays the owner of the restaurant who makes the final decision of what meal will be served and Carl’s artistic meal he created just for the food critic is not served.
The disaster that ensued takes a horrible turn when Carl’s son creates a Twitter account for him and Carl sends what he thinks is a private message on Twitter to the food critic but is then retweeted over and over.
The power of social media with Twitter’s ability for one tweet to go viral and the tragic consequences is of importance in this story but ends up being used in such a way that even someone who personally loves Twitter was amazed by. If you never thought social media was important or had an impact on your life, then Chef will show you the power of one tweet and how it can spread. Although the food images were so important in the movie, the way the director showcased how one tweet can spread was genius.
Scarlett Johansson is always a delight to have in a movie, as I am a huge fan of Black Widow, although her role here is simply supporting Carl during his darkest moments.
Chef showcases a new side of Robert Downey Jr. never seen before and showcases Iron Man into a whole new light that is not quite as appealing as some of his other roles.
When Carl has nothing left he turns to his ex-wife, played by Sofia Vergara, who brings him to Miami and insists he should launch a food truck. John Leguizamo plays Carl’s friend who joins him and Carl’s son on the food truck road trip that proves to be an adventure for everyone.
This is a must see film for foodies and by the time the movie finishes you will be starving and ready to buy your own food truck.
When 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.
I attended a media screening as a guest and was not asked to write a Chef review.