We have been waiting to stream “Chef” at home for quite some time, and last night, we finally got to see it. The passion project written, directed by, and starring John Favreau, includes John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johanssen, and a huge string of other big names in the cast. The movie itself, though, is not about the big stars you see, it is about the story. We love food, and this film showcases characters passionate about food, cooking, and making people happy by feeding them.
We’re such jaded New Yorkers, that as we watched, we kept waiting for something terrible to happen after the primary plot twist, but it just didn’t. This was a story about believing in working hard at something that makes you happy and hoping that it works out. It’s about how kitchens work when you build the right team, and it has some amazing camera work making the food look delectable, teasing your taste buds. Some of the focus on the art of food happened with the help and tutelage of Roy Choi, famous food truck chef, and culinary genius.
The film also focuses on social media, and how it can make AND break you. Not only that, but most of the big promotion for the film was done strictly through social media, with additional advertising on Bravo’s Top Chef tv show.
Here is how the #ChefMovie website summarizes the plot:
“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.”
There’s nothing else to say but, SEE IT! (Trailer here)