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If You're Looking For a Film About Making Flavorful Food: "Chef" May be the Right Movie For You

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 15, 2020 07:04

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Centered around an ambitious chef, Carl Casper, "Chef" goes into the deep struggles of Casper finding success in his career, maintaining a good family relationship, and trying to enjoy the best out of the profession he loves -- cooking the tastiest food possible.

"Chef"(2014) stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and features appearances from other high-profiles actors including Dustin Hoffman and Iron Man actor, Robert Downey Jr.

The story centers around Carl Casper (Favreau), a head chef who works at a successful restaurant in Los Angeles, who becomes frustrated after noticing on Twitter that a popular food critic, Ramsey Michel (played by Oliver Platt), wrote an unfavorable review about Casper’s menu, even getting a bit personal about Casper in his written online critique.

After he publicly confronts Ramsey when he visits the restaurant again, Casper is unfortunately fired from his job by his unlikeable boss, Riva (Hoffman), and is faced with embarrassing public outcry when his tirade goes viral on social media.

Jobless, he travels to Miami with his divorced wife (Vergara) and son Percy (played by Emjay Anthony), where he decides to operate a run-down food truck serving  Cuban inspired sandwiches and comfort food. With the help from his son and close friend, Martin (Leguizamo) who came from Los Angeles, they decide to embark on a summer road trip across America from the city of New Orleans to the state of Texas, while allotting time to bond with his son and build a better relationship.

In general, "Chef" will surely entertain with the flavorful imagery of savory meals with food being a strong focus to the story and is apparent countless times when you watch. Whether it was aesthetically pleasing high-end 5-star dishes to even the simple bacon, eggs, and hash browns, the film’s food placement will ignite people's interests into the main story and give anyone a good culinary viewing experience.

Still, the film is more than a culinary delight -- it is also a comedy-drama with a script that goes beyond the story of a chef’s own temporary problems with finding a new job. We follow Casper as he tries to find his own happiness and success in something he is deeply passionate about.

We also focus not just on Casper’s current issues as a chef, but also see him try to develop a better understanding of his son who he often ignores and forgets about due to his dedication to being the best chef he can be, which often includes putting in long hours at his work. 

In addition to the drama, clever comedic relief is well-provided from the main cast and the film provides a great overall score, giving a nice lively ambiance in the background of many scenes.

If you're looking for a good combination of comedy and drama with a central theme focused on the beauty of the art of cooking and cultural cuisine, you will have a pleasant time watching "Chef."

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 15, 2020 07:04

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