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Chef (2014)



Critic Consensus: Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.

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Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (c) Open Road

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Jon Favreau
as Carl Casper
Oliver Platt
as Ramsey Michel
Russell Peters
as Miami Cop
Will Schutze
as Mr. Bonetangles
Alberto Salas
as Band Member
Alfredo Ortiz
as Band Member
Daniel Palacio
as Band Member
Mauricio DelMonte
as Band Member
Leonardo DaNilo
as Versailles Host
Nili Fuller
as Marvin's Assistant
Charles Lao
as Kitchen Supply Clerk
Roy Choi
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Chef

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (57)

It's such a treat to see such an endearing slice o' life in the middle of this blockbuster season. There's not a single comic book character in sight.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The result is a small, unashamedly feel-good film that makes up for what it lacks in dramatic jeopardy with gentle comedy, heartwarming family scenes, ladles of food porn, and time spent among characters you like.

July 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chef is a foodie-gasm of a film, directed by and starring Jon Favreau as a designer cook past his sell-by date, who goes on a road trip from Miami to Los Angeles to find his soul -- and soul food.

July 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Chef slips a few tasty side dishes around its meat-and-potatoes main course.

June 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jon Favreau's enjoyable and good-natured farce is a rarity in that (as its title tells us) it takes a chef as its central character and treats his profession with something approaching respect.

June 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Here's Chef to show us all, for now and evermore, just what a vanity project really looks like. A public service, in its way.

June 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chef


Never has food looked this delicious on the screen. If you watch this film hungry, you will probably starve, if you watch it full, you'll get hungry again. For a film about a chef trying to fulfill his dream of a food truck, that may be a no-brainer but actually plays a pretty big role here, because it's an important character trait for Favreau's chef. The great cast clearly had fun with his, quite a few dialogs feel improvised and very natural. The film also portrays a pretty realistic use of social media and the times we live in, if you'd wanna see that negatively you could say it's a long Twitter commercial. That'd be cynical, which the film is everything but. A light-hearted, lovable and entertaining feel good movie that makes you wanna eat delicious food and travel the US.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Competent and more or less charming, but the plot features little credible adversity and stakes that ring hollow. It's a slice of life, sure, but it just doesn't feel "real-life" enough. Insistent and borderline insipid.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


This seems more like a project of pure egocentrism and self-indulgence from Jon Favreau, as he plays an idiot surrounded by gorgeous women like Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson in a feel-good story that will only feel good to himself - really, it doesn't even have a real conflict.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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