Carl Casper, played by Jon Favreau, is the popular head chef at Gauloise in Brentwood, California. Owner Riva, played by Dustin Hoffman, wants Carl to stick with the classics while Carl is interested in making new, innovative dishes. One day, a critic named Ramsey Michel, played by Oliver Platt, comes in and Riva demands again that Carl do what they’ve always done, which results in a poor review by Ramsey. Carl later gets into a Twitter war with Ramsey, unaware that his replies are public, and gains a large following. He challenges Ramsey to a rematch and develops new menus for the showdown, but quits his job when Riva once again urges him to stick with the classics. Carl later moves to Miami and is given a food truck by his ex-wife’s ex-husband, where he discovers his love of Cuban cuisine.Read more
Jon Favreau trained for his role with Los Angeles-based food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi promised to train him only under the condition that Favreau’s portrayal of a professional chef be absolutely authentic. Favreau underwent a week of French culinary schooling which helped him sharpen his knife skills and learn how to make sauces.
Chef is a 2014 comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Favreau, who also stars in the film. Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Downey Jr. make up the supporting cast.
It premiered at South by Southwest on March 7, 2014, and was released in the United States two months later on May 9, 2014. It received positive reviews, grossing $46 million at the box office against a budget of $11 million. It holds an approval rating of 86% on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic has assigned it a score of 68 out of 100.