Food Heaven Exists!
“A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.” – IMBd.
The movie’s protagonists are Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Emjay Anthony, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Dustin Hoffman. The script was written by Jon Favreau, and he also directed the movie itself. Chef was nominated for 4 awards and won 2 of them:
- AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, Best Comedy Movie.
- Tribeca Film Festival, Audience Award, Narrative (Jon Favreau).
This movie is basically FOOD HEAVEN. I mean, when I first saw it, my stomach grumbled and thought of how nice and yummy and warm the food in the movie looked. I’m not kidding. I’ve re-watched it so many times and my stomach feel both hungry and sore from watching all that food being made.
Anyways, this is a movie about a head chef in a restaurant called Carl Casper that has a strained relationship with his son (that has a Twitter account. Talking about Twitter, follow me right here), which happens to be 10. They go to the movies, go shopping, go to restaurants, etc., but they never really hang out. Hanging out such as, like, talking with one another.
On top of that, he’s divorced with his ex-wife, Inez. He basically hates his live, can’t cook new stuff on the restaurant he works in, and lives in a dirty apartment in Venice Beach. But, he’s kind of famous in LA, and that’s the only thing that counts as good.
Later on, he gets fired from his job, and he’s basically unemployed. Why he gets fired? Well, a food critic that has a successful blog went to the restaurant Carl worked on (that was before he got fired), and then said horrible things about the food he cooked. To the critic, the food wasn’t the best – and said that Carl had lost his passion for cooking. He was right – the food was kind of boring. A chocolate lava cake? Um, that is yummy and nice and delicious. But, French Onion Soup, Carl? FRENCH ONION SOUP?! That’s boring. Old Fashioned. I understand that you couldn’t change the bloody menu, but at least just… don’t serve French Onion Soup.
He and the critic, who’s name is Ramsey Michel, have a public fight on Twitter. And Carl becomes famous on the app overnight.
After all those events, Inez asks him to come to Miami with her and their son (his name is Percy), and take care of him while she’s working. And so, that’s how he meets up with Inez’s other ex-husband, Marvin, and he sells him a food truck!
Carl’s best friend, Martin, comes to Miami to sell food on the food truck. Cuban food. I mean, CUBAN SANDWICHES, come on! And also, tostones, yuca frita, etc. But what I like the most is the Cuban sandwiches.
They remodeled the food truck, buy new appliances, and it looks AMAZING! And then they go to South Beach, Miami, to sell the food they’ve decided to sell.
After Miami, they go to New Orleans, and Carl and Percy buy beignets, or donuts. They spend quality time together – which is really great and surprising for Percy, since Carl never wanted to hang out with his son. They buy the beignets at Café du Monde.
And after that, they go to Austin, Texas, to buy some meat. Carl and Martin then are shocked and surprised when they find out that thanks to Percy, people have been coming to buy the food truck’s meals. “You’re my little chief of marketing” – Carl Casper.
After Austin, they go back to LA, and Percy works in the food truck after doing his homework, during the weekends, and after school. Inez also joins them – as well as Martin.
Now, it’s time to judge this great and marvelous movie, that is based on friendship, family, love, and humor. I give it an 8/10.
The moment I was freaking out the most was when they were going to South Beach! I was like OMG OMG HOW?! I was really freaking out, because they went through all the streets I’ve walked on and seen and have traveled before! I still can’t process this – help me! South Beach & Ocean Drive are the places I go the most when I travel to Miami!
I was ALSO freaking out when I saw Café du Monde on screen. I’ve never been there, but my parents did visit it when they went to New Orleans, and I’m planning to visit it soon. And eat their beignets. Now I want beignets.
I really like how the story and the movie develop altogether, but the greatest fault was that it makes your stomach grumble, and some story problems. Like, how did Inez have a good relationship with Marvin? How does he and Carl have a good “friendship”?
But apart of that, this movie teaches really valuable lessons.
For example, you at least need to know what’s going on and happening on social media. You don’t have to be addicted to it – but you do need to have at least an idea of what’s going on. Carl learns a really valuable lesson from that – you’ll see why and how when you watch the movie.
Family is everything. Everything. And when I mean everything, I mean EVERYTHING! Carl didn’t have a close relationship with Percy, and that affected the both of them a lot. Percy wanted to spend time with his father, but Carl was too much absorbed into his work. They both then formed a father-son relationship when they were in the food truck, which they named, “El Jefe”.
Therefore, I recommend this movie. It teaches you, life lessons – the lessons that are extremely important – that we can use in our everyday lives. Comment down below if you’ve ever watched a movie that has lots of food in it that makes you immensely hungry, and if you’ve ever seen a Jon Favreau movie before!
Hope you guys enjoy Chef!
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