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Chef (2014)

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A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')
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Storyline

Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.


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Rated R for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,961, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,640,336, 4 September 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,099,145, 4 September 2014
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Trivia

Towards the end of the film, the El Jefe truck is seen at a nighttime food truck event, along with many of Los Angeles' most popular food trucks. This is an actual event in Venice called "First Fridays". For a brief moment, you can see Chef Roy Choi's Kogi truck, the food truck that started a gourmet food truck craze in the United States. See more »

Goofs

They went to buy the stove and other things in Charlie's Fixtures inc. This company is in LA not Miami. See more »

Quotes

Ramsey Michel: You started a flame-war with *me*. Are you kidding me, I buy ink by the barrel, buddy. What are you doing picking a fight with me? I wouldn't challenge you to a cook-off.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, there is a brief scene of chef Roi Choi teaching Jon Favreau how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. See more »

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References Rudy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Brother John is Gone / Herc-Jolly-John
Written by The Wild Magnolias
Performed by The Wild Magnolias
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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CHEF is a real charmer
19 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

CHEF is a total delight! I was expecting a forced attempt by Hollywood veterans to make a "charming" and "heartfelt" indie. Instead, I discovered a truly genuine film that is both charming and heartfelt for real with no unnecessary plot points (OK, the end is a bit rushed and tagged on). This is the best film since SINGIN IN THE RAIN to depict the pleasure and fun of hard work, friendship, and camaraderie. CHEF has a great spirit that is never forced and every performance is truly perfect. Just spot on in every way. Favreau really shows what a great director of actors he is in the direction of Emjay Anthony. This is a real kid, not a movie kid.

CHEF will surprise you in the best way! Work hard, appreciate what you've got. A great message.


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