Valentine Movie Special: The Chef

Director: Jon Favreau

Writer/Screenplay: Jon Favreau

Producer: Jon Favreau, Sergei Bespalov

Genre: Comedy-Drama

Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergera, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Army Sedaris, Emjay Anthony, Robert Downey, Jr.


Runtime: 115 minutes

Studio: Open Road Films

Budget:$11 million

Box office: $46 million

Release Date8th May, 2014 (Cinema), 30th September, 2014 (DVD).


This one is going to get you all wishing you’re in Miami or somewhere in Mexico/Italy/Spain trying tasty recipes with your boo. If that isn’t the case, ladies might secretly be wishing their boo is a Chef or you both might end up in the kitchen trying some recipes from the movie by the time you’re done watching.

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) – A great Chef who knows his onions walks away from his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant because he wouldn’t allow his employer, Riva (Dustin Hofffman) control his creativity with recipes anymore.

His job opportunities become shallow when he lost it in a rant with ace food critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Pratt) which ends up on Twitter and YouTube. Not knowing what next, he decides to go to Miami with his estranged wife, Inez (Sofia Vergera) and his son, Percy (Emjay Anthony) where he discovers Inez might be right after all as he pursues his dream and works on piecing back together his estranged family.

There is nothing about this film not to love; The cinematography is great! Did I mention Sofia Vergera’s accent was awesome! And the use of music made this movie a great deal that you can’t resist the eagerness to have the Spanish experience; and again, this movie is simply food and human romance.


In short, The Chef is that movie that reinforces Selena Gomez’s song that:

“The heart does always want what it wants, maybe not always, but often times and mind you, you don’t wanna see this movie alone; it could be quite a torture!”

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