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Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (c) Open Road

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chef is compelling, somewhat convincing and, according to many who know better than I, it's largely on trend."
‑ Craig Offman, Globe and Mail
"If "Chef" were a musical, you'd walk out humming the food - and you might end up doing that anyway."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Bitingly funny, bang up to date and flavoured with the winning combination of good music and plenty of stunningly-shot kitchen scenes which will leave you swearing you can smell every meal that's cooking."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"This is one of the best movies about cooking I've ever seen."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Make sure you eat well beforehand or you'll be chewing your arm off halfway through this understated delight of a film, such is the way the joy of good food is represented."
‑ George Byrne, Irish Independent
"Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack ..."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Chef is so thin and bland it doesn't even inspire contempt."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A feel-good people-pleaser that is less 'food porn' than Favreau career metaphor..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The result is a small, unashamedly feel-good film that makes up for what it lacks in dramatic jeopardy with gentle comedy, heartwarming family scenes, ladles of food porn, and time spent among characters you like."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"... sometimes feels strained in its efforts to convey the food truck as a fresh start both personally and professionally, but it's a perceptive crowd-pleaser that could satisfy both the brain and the tongue."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It's a refreshing change of pace from typical summer fare, a story not framed around the skeleton of an old TV series or designed as a tie-in to Hasbro toys."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food. Whatever he cooks up in the future, it will be hard to top "Chef.""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's nothing remotely groundbreaking, but the film is as broad and agreeable as they come."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Chef is a foodie-gasm of a film, directed by and starring Jon Favreau as a designer cook past his sell-by date, who goes on a road trip from Miami to Los Angeles to find his soul -- and soul food."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera."
‑ Rich Cline,
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