An active decision to move away from the behemoth Iron Man franchise and back into indie cinema, Chef is a fresh return for Jon Favreau back to the spirit and personality of breakthrough Swingers.
The story of a successful, if hamstrung, LA chef, one negative review thanks to the demands of his unadventurous restaurant owner (Hoffman) is the final straw for Carl Casper (Favreau). Escaping to Miami with his ex-wife, they buy a food truck and Casper drives all the way home, cooking up fresh recipes and delicious food with his son (Anthony) and Chef de partie Martin (Leguizamo).
Chef is a funny and exciting road trip movie and, while not downgrading the success he’s had with his two Iron Man films, is Favreau’s best film for years. The actor/writer/director/producer’s passion for the project is so clear for all to see, and though the emotional plot points and heartfelt scenes between father and son are nothing if n ot predictable, they help to elevate Chef to more than just film festival fair. Chef should enjoy a successful run when it finds nationwide release later in the year.