Autumn 2014 wWednesday series
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Directed by Jon Favreau
Screenplay by Jon Favreau
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Jon Favreau
Rated NR ·
Following the success of his blockbuster Iron Man franchise, writer-director Jon Favreau returns to his scrappy comedic roots with this hilarious and heartfelt story about a professionally frustrated chef in search of a second helping of happiness.
Favreau stars as celebrity chef Carl Casper, who reigns supreme in the kitchen of a trendy Los Angeles restaurant—so long as he continues to please the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman, Barney’s Version). After a restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt, Ginger and Rosa) pans Carl’s dishes as safe and predictable, the furious chef becomes engaged in a nasty social-media spat with the carping critic; and when a video of his angry confrontation with the writer goes viral, Carl suddenly finds himself not just unemployed, but virtually unemployable. On the advice of his well-to-do ex-wife (Sofía Vergara, TV’s Modern Family), Carl returns to his hometown of Miami, where he got his start as a chef. With a little financial help from his ex-wife’s even better-off ex-husband (Robert Downey, Jr., in a scene-stealing role), Carl decides to refurbish a broken down food truck as a way of jump-starting his culinary creativity—and reconnecting with his young son.
Reteaming Favreau with his Iron Man collaborators Downey and Scarlett Johansson (Her), featuring an all-star cast that also includes John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine), and offering mouthwatering views of the culinary delights in Carl’s kitchen, the savoury Chef will leave audiences hungry for more.
“Chef is the best thing he (Favreau) has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It’s the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for.” (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
“An engaged, engaging voyage of (re)discovery that’s too in love with its subject to qualify as food porn. It’s food romance.” (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)