14 November 2015

Weekend Cooking: Chef (Movie Review)

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Chef (movie)I can't believe I waited so long to see Jon Favreau's movie Chef. I know, I know, all my foodie friends loved it, so what was my problem? I have no clue.

I'm happy to report that you all were right: I did love it. What's more, I was pleasantly surprised that there's more to the movie than just food. But oh the food!

In case you don't know, here's the premise: Carl Casper (Favreau), once a celebrated, experimental chef, now cooks the same food night after night for his conservative backer (Dustin Hoffman). After a bad review, Carl walks out of the restaurant and eventually decides to cook simple, traditional dishes, with a twist, out of a food truck. His friend and fellow cook Martin (John Leguizamo) joins him in the venture.

The movie is filled with scene after scene of wonderful food, from garlic-infused pasta and shrimp dishes to down-home barbecue and cubanos. OMG, if you weren't hungry before the film begins, you absolutely will be by the time it ends.

As I said, Chef does have some deeper themes in addition to showing us amazing food and cooking. It addresses the power of social media, parenting, taking pride in one's work, and following one's dream.

When you need an uplifting movie with some good messages, cook yourself up a comfort-food dinner (or take out from a food truck!) and download Chef. You won't be sorry.


Tina 11/14/15, 8:06 AM  

Great movie, loved it!

bermudaonion 11/14/15, 8:48 AM  

I liked it a lot but didn't love it as much as everyone else did. I bet I would have liked it more if I'd seen it in the theater.

(Diane) bookchickdi 11/14/15, 9:26 AM  

My sister-in-law (the foodie) and I saw this in a theater and we loved it. Oh, that pasta dish!

Katherine P 11/14/15, 9:33 AM  

How have I not seen this? It sounds fantastic! I'm glad you enjoyed it and it's definitely going on my To-Watch list.

Trish 11/14/15, 11:04 AM  

I've been meaning to watch this one for quite some time, too. Scott watched it without me while on a business trip and said he thought I'd like it...though I wish he would have waited as I rarely watch shows by myself these days. Ha!

JoAnn 11/14/15, 1:35 PM  

Adding to my list!

Carole 11/14/15, 2:07 PM  

I need to get this movie! thanks, as always, for the lovely party. Cheers

Heather 11/14/15, 2:47 PM  

I love this movie! I have never wanted a grilled cheese so bad than I did after I watched it. So good.

Nan 11/14/15, 3:35 PM  

It inspired me to try a vegetarian version (as you know):

Karen White 11/14/15, 3:35 PM  

I loved this movie and my kids did, too. But we have no problem with "bad" language in our house. What I found unfortunate about this movie was that it was such a great family movie in theme and story, but because of the swearing, the marijuana use (which gratefully, my kids didn't notice) and the casual sex, that lots of families would be turned off by it. It's very hard to find feel-good but substantive movies that the whole family can enjoy!

That said, I've seen it twice and really loved it both times!

Esme 11/14/15, 10:29 PM  

This was a fun movie.

Create With Joy 11/15/15, 4:00 AM  

Thanks for sharing the trailer for this movie Beth - will have to watch for this, it looks like fun!

Have an amazing weekend and look forward to seeing you at Inspire Me Monday! :-)

rhapsodyinbooks 11/15/15, 5:46 AM  

This looks great. I love food books and movies and they always make me hungry!

Laurie C 11/15/15, 10:40 AM  

I heard about this movie through Weekend Cooking and my husband and I loved it!

Emma Littlefield 11/15/15, 11:03 AM  

I found this by accident on Netflix and loved it. Not what I expected at all.

Patty 11/15/15, 1:26 PM  

One of my favourite cooking - themed movies and a feel - good one too!

Bryan G. Robinson 11/16/15, 1:57 PM  

We were pleasantly surprised by this movie. Sometimes movies that you don't think are going to be that good are actually pretty good (recently it was Mad Max: Fury Road). With Favreau, it's sometimes a miss, but this was definitely a hit.

Sue Jackson 11/17/15, 6:43 PM  

Oh, I loved Chef! One of my favorites - just such an uplifting, happy movie - amazing food, good music, a great cast, and a road trip - what more could you want in a movie??

Glad you enjoyed it!


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