I love it when a movie inspires more than just a feel-good feeling. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, Chef, is one of those movies that makes its audience fall in love with food again. Just as its bearded and bespectacled hero finds himself doing. LA chef, Carl Casper (Favreau) finds himself the victim of a social media onslaught following a less than praiseworthy review of the restaurant he works in. Bumbling into the twittersphere in order to engage with food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) and educate him on the impact of his words and the falsehood behind their sensory perspective; Casper finds himself embarking on a journey of rediscovery.
Evicted from the kitchen and subsequently from the creative rut into which he had fallen, Casper goes it alone at the helm of a food truck. Joined by his ten year old son and friend and line cook, Martin (John Leguizamo), Casper gets his groove back taking his truck and his audience from Miami to Austin and to the heart and soul of where it all began, New Orleans. Getting back in touch with the food that inspires his menus, as well as reconnecting with his son, Casper’s story is heart-warming and full of fun.
With a script as sharp as it is funny, set to the beat of a Cuban band and the tweeting power of social media, the real star of this film is the food. Shown in all its glory, it will have you salivating in your seats as you long to have a taste of what Chef is selling.