Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizano, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johnasson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt
If it is said that food is the way to a person’s heart, Jon Favreau will make countless admirers with this mouth-watering masterpiece. Favreau, also writer and director, stars in his best performance since Swingers as a chef with a passion for cooking that far outweighs that of anything else. When he refuses to bow to the lack of creative from his over-controlling boss (Dustin Hoffman), Carl Casper (Favreau) gets an unsavoury review from a renowned food critic (Oliver Platt). Favreau takes to Twitter to rant about the review which leads to him becoming an internet sensation overnight, quitting his job, and having a breakdown by publicly yelling at Platt. With his credibility shattered and any job possibilities gone, Favreau decides to start a food truck by going back to his culinary roots which reignites his passion for the kitchen and his family. With the help of his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), son (Emjay Anthony), and sous-chef (John Leguizamo), Favreau travels from Miami back to Los Angeles dishing out food that is causing a stir all over the internet and in the real world as well.
Whilst it does remain enjoyable to see Anthony constantly explaining Twitter and Vine to Favreau, by the end of the film it does become tiresome due to the audience understanding the whole concept from the go. The film could have had a better ending than skipping forward six months to a wedding, and Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson aren’t used as much as they could have been, but it does tie the film up nicely and it is good to see Favreau reuniting with two of his Iron Man 2 co-stars.
The majority of people that see this film will see the credits begin to roll and not feel happy as they know that whatever food they are having later will pale in comparison to what they’ve been viewing for the past two hours. The good thing is that a lot of the cooking is explained so you can try to recreate what you have seen but know that your sandwich will never be as good as one that Favreau made. Favreau’s meals can be viewed the same way as his film: it’s visually appealing, satisfying from start to finish, and you want more of it once it’s over. Chef will provide multiple foodgasms to the audience.