I listened to Jon Favreau on the Nerdist podcast a few weeks ago, and the interview had me eager to check out his new film, Chef. If you’re familiar with his background (or would like to see a summary), you probably know that Jon Favreau has been all over the map in regard to genre, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Chef, especially because of the all-star cast. It turned out to be a little bit of everything.
Chef is the story of a former wunderkind chef, Carl Casper (played by Favreau) who is unhappily working at someone else’s restaurant. He feels creatively stifled, which is only exacerbated when a popular food blogger lambastes the menu that Carl didn’t even want to cook in the first place, lamenting what was once a promising and original chef. It’s the straw that breaks the camels’ back for Carl, who takes the critique personally and (without meaning to do so publicly) lashes out at the blogger over Twitter. The subsequent feud quickly spirals out of control and leaves Carl jobless, which leads to a phoenix-like rebirth of his passion for cooking as he opens his own food truck and reconnects with his son and ex-wife. The plot moves quickly, the characters are drawn-out, and the film is both moving and funny. I recommend checking it out, though you could probably wait until it’s available on DVD or On Demand.