Recently, I watched Jon Favreau’s indie called Chef. Released in 2014, it did not hit all major theaters but it made an impact in film festivals. It opened the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin and was awarded the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Not only did Jon Favreau play the lead role, he also wrote and directed the film. Anyone who loves a witty but dramatic film would love it. Keep in mind that it is rated R, so it is not suitable for young children.
A summary would not capture the full experience given by the film. But I’ll try;) Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is a chef at a popular restaurant in Los Angeles. He has always been known for his creative dishes, but as of late his boss will not let him experiment. This aggravates Casper, and a famed food critic just makes it worse. Soon, Casper is out of a job. His life seems to have come to a halt. His relationship with his son (who he shares with his ex-wife) is falling apart. However, he gets the opportunity to grow closer to his son and use his culinary skills once again. The film is quick and witty, with a touch of sincerity here and there.
Throughout the whole film, I was captivated by the cooking skills of Jon Favreau. It was hard to remember that he is not a professional chef! Favreau had to learn to cook for the role. He took private classes at a culinary school and learned from chefs around the Los Angeles area. Many food magazines wrote about it if you would like to know more.
Overall, Chef was very entertaining. I really enjoyed it. It is well made and gives a good message. Jon Favreau is supported by an all-star cast which includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, and Dustin Hoffman. If you have seen it or decide to watch it, let me know in the comments section!
It is rated R because of language and crude humor. There are no graphic adult scenes.