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Jon Favreau's movie, "Chef"

I've done a quick search (although we all know how those can not bring up posts) and other than me mentioning it in a Top Chef recap last season, I've seen no mention of his movie release next weekend. I enjoyed this article, and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Anyone else?


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    1. I want to see it too! Very excited!

      1. I want to see it. It seems to romanticise being a chef and the relationships a little but I guess that is what movies do.
        If you get a chance watch the documentary spinning plates really good and an emotional roller coaster ride. I think I watched it via Amazon.

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        1. re: chris2269

          Thank you so very, very much for this suggestion. I watched it from Amazon tonight and was absolutely mesmerized, heart broken, elated -- a complete roller coaster of emotions, and I rarely get worked up over a movie. Phew. And having been involved in some aspect of the restaurant business for 40 years, can vouch that everything depicted in the movie is true.

          1. re: pitterpatter

            I cannot find it on Amazon. Where did you look?

            1. re: PattiCakes

              I have a new computer and am having trouble with my toolbar so I cannot copy and paste yet. Anyway, go into "instant video" then search "Spinning Plates." It should come up. It costs $3 to rent for a week.

              1. re: pitterpatter

                You should be able to copy text by highlighting it then pressing ctrl + c and then paste it using ctrl + v, or command + c and command + v on Macs, I think.

            1. re: Oboegal

              Thanks for this information - very helpful!

          2. We saw the preview for this recently, and we are definitely going to see it.

            1. I am going to see it tomorrow at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, Florida. It will also be playing in Ft. Lauderdale

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              1. re: jpr54_1

                I thought the release date wasn't until this Friday, May 9th?

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I checked this film out when you first posted. It definitely looked like something I'd like to see, so I went to my local likely-to-run-this-kind-of-movie theater's site. It has a members-only preview on May 6, but no indication they'd be running it for the general public. Unfortunately, I am not a member and do not go to the movies often enough to justify the membership.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Interestingly enough, that theater is currently running "The Lunchbox," another food-centric film. It looks good and I may try to get to it this week. While there I'll ask if they intend to show "Chef" to the general public.

                      1. re: gaffk

                        Oh wow, I just read the IMDB write-up of "The Lunchbox" - that looks wonderful! It's not playing anywhere close to me (without a bit of driving) but I'll definitely keep an eye out for it On Demand. Thanks for mentioning it, gaffk!

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          I saw The Lunchbox a couple of months ago and enjoyed it very much. The food alone makes it worth viewing!

                          1. re: tcamp

                            Good to know. I'm shooting for tomorrow evening.

                          2. re: LindaWhit

                            Before "The Lunchbox" they ran a "Chef" trailer--it looks great. I really hope they open it to the public.

                            "The Lunchbox" was not what I expected. If this was a film site I would love to discuss the lack of interaction. But this is a food site, and the food most decidedly moved this movie forward. This may be the best food movie ever . . .

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            since I live near Miami it made me want to try a Cubano-
                            I have not eaten any Cuban food since living here.

                  1. It looks interesting - might go to my first movie in over a decade - !

                    1. I think CIA in hyde park is showing it for free...three view dates.

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                      1. re: smilingal

                        Is anyone familiar with a BBC television series - perhaps 3 seasons? - titled CHEF? I just reserved it from our library.

                        1. re: smilingal

                          Worth a chuckle. Please realize that 3 seasons on the BBC is equivalent to 8 weeks on any of the US channels. They allow shows to develop.

                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                            We are almost finished with season 1. Lots of fun!

                          2. re: smilingal

                            If it's available (I know it is on Hulu) check out "Whites" with Alan Davies. British Chef comedy. Only one season.

                            1. re: smilingal

                              Yes, very familiar with Chef from BBC. It is absolutely hilarious and by far (IMO) Lenny Henry's best work. I watched most of it in the mid-90s when I was living in the UK.

                              Well worth the download.

                              1. re: vanderb

                                Great! Looking forward to the dvds from the library.

                              2. re: smilingal

                                Yes!! I watched all the episodes i could find a few years back- i really enjoyed them, quite funny.

                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                  Terrific. I got them from the library and look forward to watching them over the weekend. Laughter is a wonderful thing!

                                2. re: smilingal

                                  Thanks for the reminder. Gotta love streaming!

                                  1. re: smilingal

                                    We watched Chef when it was originally broadcast, here on either a PBS channel or BBCAm. , can't remember which. We Loved it... great cast and such funny dialogue. Did you know: Lenny Henry was married to Dawn French.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      We are really having fun watching it. Highly recommend it and am so glad that this thread introduced it to me.

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        I did not know that! Interesting information - she's a comedy genius.

                                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                                          Indeed she is a comedy genius. Vicar of Dibley, Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders, Murder Most Horrid, Lark Rise to Candleford. You name it, we've seen it. Well, as much as "they've" shown her work in the US.

                                      2. re: smilingal

                                        le vin de Ingleterra!

                                        As a cooking series, it's right up there with Posh Nosh.

                                        1. re: 512window

                                          Oh goodie...is Posh Nosh another series? British?

                                          1. re: smilingal

                                            I just searched it within our
                                            library system but we don't have it.

                                              1. re: EM23

                                                Ok thanks. I will look them up.

                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                  I'm sorry for being so mysterious.
                                                  Posh Nosh is a British series. Each episode is 10 minutes long and there are 8 episodes total. Starring Arrabella Weir and Richard Grant. David Tennant plays a double role!

                                      3. just saw it last night in packed theatre (part of a preview consortium) - great little movie! Smart script, great acting, fun cameos, cute plot. Q and A with Jon afterward revealed him to be smart, funny, and perceptive. I'll have to see it again - the food shots went by too quickly.

                                        1. I am going to a matinee tomorrow to see it LW; looking forward to it! Good reviews mostly, except for 'all the loose ends too tied up' I here.

                                          Sounds like he did his time to get his 'knife chops' and cooking cred b4 making the film. Great cast too. Excited!

                                          1. I read the review in Time this morning and I'm looking forward to seeing it as well:


                                            Is it only playing in NY and LA for now?

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                                              1. re: junescook

                                                From their Twitter feed: This weekend #ChefMovie is coming to #Boston #Chicago #Dallas #LosAngeles #Washington #SanDiego #Phoenix #Philadelphia #Miami #NewYork!

                                                1. re: Wahooty

                                                  Thanks for that update. I'd been trying to find it within a couple of hundred miles (Cinn, Nashville, Atlanta, etc.) and kept striking out.

                                                  And so we wait.

                                              2. I saw it yesterday. Great food scenes, of course. The story was pretty predictable but I loved the kid schooling dad on social media and John Leguizamo in every scene. Fun movie.

                                                1. TV ads are just now appearing on cable channels "release in limited markets".

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                                                    1. re: shallots

                                                      Notification yesterday through the Facebook "Chef" page that additional theaters are showing the movie - I now don't have to drive 45-60 minutes to see the show. It's playing locally to me. Hope to see it soon.

                                                    2. Interesting article from Buzzfeed.com from a few days ago on Roy Choi's involvement...everything from how Favreau dressed, how he moved in the kitchen, the good meals' AND the bad meals' design. Choi wanted it authentic.

                                                      Some amazing pictures from the movie here of the dishes (boring ones, and the ones that got Favreau's character out of his cooking doldrums).


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                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                          When you do get to see the movie, be sure to stay through the credits for a bonus scene. :) And I really wanted that dessert, too!

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            Oooh . . .thanks for the heads up! I'll be sure we stay.

                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                              Yeah, the wifeacita and I were the only ones that didn't burn out so we caught the bonus. Definitely worth the short wait.

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                Damn, I forgot about this post and didn't stay for the credits! Guess I'll just have to see it again.

                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                    Every time I see a FB post from "Chef" or something here, I want to go see it again. :-)

                                                            2. I was really looking forward to seeing it before I found out that the 'limited opening" meant I would have to drive over 50 miles each way so we will wait for the dvd. I even emailed the local cool cinema and they have no plans to show it. Sad.

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                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                Bummer. I did a search yesterday and noticed it came up in both Lowell and Methuen. I go to the Methuen mall area often to have dinner, so I might check it out one evening after work. :-)

                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                  I'm lucky, it's showing at the theater where I usually meet friends for lunch and a movie. We're seeing the 1:00 show on Monday.

                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                    So I'm back from the matinee and lunch with the girls. We all highly enjoyed this movie, but damn were we starving by the end :) And thanks to kattyeyes--the bonus scene was worth the wait. Also have to add I was loving the soundtrack.

                                                                    Funniest part of the movie was a young guy who was seated a few seats down from us. Every dish elicited some variation of "oooh" from him, especially the meats. I don't think he had been fed yet ;)

                                                                    Oh, and this was the first movie in a long time I recall audience members applauding at the end.

                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                      YES! Both to loving the soundtrack, too, and the first time I recall applause at the end of the movie in a LONG time. :D So glad you enjoyed as well!

                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                        OK, so - plans need to be "lunch first, movie after". :D I'm hoping to see it next weekend, if I can convince a friend or two to go. If not, I might just see it by myself - the first time I will have done that since I went to see "Midnight Express" by myself! (Yes, 35 years ago! LOL)

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          Even with lunch first, I couldn't guarantee you won't be hungry by the end ;)

                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                            OK, so late lunch, movie, then early dinner. :D

                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            I am embarrassed to say I went to each one of the Twlight movies, opening day, by myself. <hangs head in embarrassment>

                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                              I think it speaks well of you that you have no friends interested in the Twilight movies ;)

                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                You and Meredith Goldstein, who writes the Love Letters blog on Boston.com, are in the same company - she *adores* Robert Pattinson. :-)

                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                  Which reminds me . . . we all fell in love with the kid who played his son (Percy?).

                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    While I have occasionally rooted for team Edward I am more often in the Team Jacob camp!

                                                                          3. re: Berheenia

                                                                            Hee hee...and here, *I* looked at the list and went, "SQUEE! It's only going to be 50 miles away from me!" But it's a 50-mile trip I make once a month on average, and I was scheduled to make it to pick someone up from the airport anyway. :)

                                                                            I really enjoyed it for what it was - a feel-good movie with some great passion for food behind it. Everything the Buzzfeed article talks about came through in my opinion - I had been wondering just how involved Roy Choi was in it, since all of the experimental dishes seemed to have that Latin/Asian crossover thing going on. Very nicely shot, though - those scenes made me hungry, and more than a little bit bitter about the sad movie theater popcorn I was snacking on...

                                                                            1. re: Wahooty

                                                                              I had a couple of nitpicks about Chef, but overall it was a good flick. The food porn alone made it worth the ticket price for me.

                                                                          4. caught a matinee yesterday between saturday errands. loved everything except the sappy, all-too-predictable ending. but, still worth seeing.

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                                                                            1. re: wonderwoman

                                                                              SPOILER ALERT

                                                                              Funny - we thought just the opposite about the ending. In this day-and-age it is rare to see a happy ending. You fully expect (trying to avoid a spoiler here but that particular aspect of the film was not at all a part of the plot until that point anyway) the couple to sadly conclude that they really are better off apart.

                                                                              1. re: Just Visiting

                                                                                Agree wholeheartedly. I said it was like an old-fashioned, G-rated movie, suitable for all ages. Then someone reminded me of the choice words (yep, I use them, too) earlier in the movie. Still, I think it hits that mark quite nicely. And I really did leave the movie feeling good!

                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  And HUNGRY. We had anticipated that, so went directly to a great restaurant that has both Peruvian and Cuban food. In case anyone is visiting the DC area, we have great, inexpensive ethnic food - mostly in the burbs, where rent is cheaper. There is a fabulous place called La Limena up in Rockville. Four of us ordered four apps, two mains, and three desserts. Not a single bite left. One of us actually licked the bowl that had held the lucuma mousse.

                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                    Katty, where did you go to see the movie?

                                                                                    1. re: junescook

                                                                                      Bowtie Cinemas up in Hartford.

                                                                                      It's playing in New Haven, too--but Hartford's closer for you, right? :)

                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                        Yes, actually, and pretty close to A Dong.

                                                                                        1. re: junescook

                                                                                          It is! If you're feeling that way, try Mai Lan on 2014 Park Rd. before or after. Sorry to go off topic here--feel free to e-mail me if you'd like more info. If not, I hope you two enjoy the show!

                                                                                1. Open in DC area now; LOVED IT. A couple of quibbles - how in food-obsessed LA could a restaurant serving an outdated menu be as popular as that one was said to be? And how did he manage to get food truck permits for all those cities so quickly? You have to just go with the flow on this stuff because it is otherwise a wonderful movie. Oliver Platt is fantastic. The kid is fantastic. Favreau is fantastic. Everyone was fantastic except Scarlett Johannsen who didn't have much of a role and again, in a weird huh detail, she seemed to be both the GM and the sommelier.

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                                                                                  1. re: Just Visiting

                                                                                    Right there with you, and how is social media so easy to pull off a kid can do it? :D Maybe you have to have an angry tirade go viral first to build your following. HA HA. I really loved it, too.

                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                      We went to the 4:50 show on purpose (dinner afterwards; in the burbs, restaurants close fairly early). As a result, the audience skewed old (well, older than us, and we are borderline...). You could tell that some of the people didn't get the twitter thing. The minute Favreau hit send on that first tweet, we groaned and when he had 2k followers the next morning, we cracked up. People around us were not laughing. Then later we heard someone ask about the kid's tweets something to the effect of "how can that kid know so many people to send messages to? how can he know people in all those cities?"

                                                                                  2. Well, I'm finally going to see this movie! But I'm going against what many have you have warned - a late afternoon start for the movie, and THEN out to dinner. I'm probably going to have the loudest rumblies in my tumbly in the movie theater. :D

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                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                        I did the matinee before lunch. We ended up going to the Italian restaurant right next door to the theater rather than the pub a few blocks away we had originally planned ;)

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          I *LOVED* the movie! I sat up every time there was food porn shots...and there were a lot of food porn shots! Enjoyed all of the characters - I thought the cast was spot on for each of their roles. Loved the kid, Percy, and John Leguizamo was very good as the sous chef/friend. RDJ was appropriately wacko (reminded me of his earlier acting days when he was a bit more strung out), Sofia Vergara was appropriately subdued, and Favreau was good. Even Dustin Hoffman as the owner of the restaurant was very good, as was Oliver Platt as the reviewer.

                                                                                          Were a few things far-fetched? Of course. Getting the truck ready in the time frame they did and driving it back across country, getting permits to serve in each town. But hey - it's a movie, right? Enjoyed the credits

                                                                                          I wasn't ravenously hungry when my friend and I left the theater (surprisingly, no rumblies in my tumbly), but we *did* head straight to a favorite restaurant for drinks and tapas.

                                                                                          I'll be buying the DVD when it comes out, and plan on getting the CD of music tomorrow.

                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                            I only wasn't hungry because we had a huge lunch beforehand. How did you manage that? :)

                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                              PB&J around 2 pm seemed to cover it. I definitely had some drool-worthy moments (the pork belly had me internally saying "Ohhhhhh!") but no stomach growls. :-)

                                                                                              Oh - and I stayed for the closing credits. Loved the bit with Roy Choi showing Favreau exactly how to make his grilled cheese sandwich, including how the spatula would be held at various times through the creation. I hope there are more of those bonus scenes in the DVD.

                                                                                        2. Saw it this weekend. Light hearted fare. Predictable but very enjoyable. For the most unrealistic element of the movie, two guys were supposed to have married and then divorced Sofia Vergara's character? What guy in his right mind would have done that? Let alone two guys! LOL

                                                                                          Being a displaced Florida boy, I am so hankering for a good cubano or media noche right now.

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                                                                                          1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                            LOL, with you completely--not only is she absolutely gorgeous, but her character was downright NICE, supportive and very successful in her own right. :)

                                                                                          2. Well, we finally got to see it though it took two tries. Yesterday we headed over to the mall, sat through nearly 20 minutes of previews, and then 20 minutes into the film (as Favreau was reading the review at the bar) the movie stops, lights flash, alarms go off, and they tell us that we have to evacuate the mall -- never find out why.

                                                                                            So food porn deprived we went home and after a brief search we watched Big Night on Netflix which although not a new movie, hit all the same buttons: romance, pathos, amazing food, and an incredible cast.

                                                                                            So anyway today we went back to watch the whole thing, and have to agree that it was very well done even if a little contrived here and there. Favreau was very good in the role as was, I thought, the boy who played his son. But the scenes where he was making his new menu had me almost sweating, and sincerely regretting that I had planned to grill pork chops for dinner and thinking about doing carnitas and smoking some more meat this weekend.

                                                                                            By the way, one of the previews we saw (twice) was for the film 100 Yard Journey which stars Helen Mirren as a French restaurateur confronted by a family opening their Indian restaurant directly across the road from hers. Looks delicious.

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                                                                                            1. re: junescook

                                                                                              I will look for the Mirren film. Thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                There's another thread regarding the Mirren film:

                                                                                                I'll be watching for it as well.

                                                                                            2. We saw this last weekend. THOROUGHLY enjoyed it. The food scenes were highly believable -- and appetizing -- and the performances uniformly excellent. (I am developing great respect for both Scarlett Johannsen and John Leguizamo as actors.) Some have alluded to the "sappy" or "predictable" ending. I didn't find it so; I thought he'd end up with ScarJo.

                                                                                              1. I loved everything about this movie. When I suggested to my non-cooking husband that we go see it, he said, "And just why would I want to go to this movie?". He ended up really enjoying it and recommending it to everyone.

                                                                                                1. We loved it! Great cast. Great food shots! Fun music! Anyone want to run a food truck with me? Lol

                                                                                                  1. Thanks to all the folks on this thread who also mentioned the movie, "The Lunchbox." We saw it last night and it was wonderful!

                                                                                                    1. Finally made it to the theater to see it today. LOVED it. Happy endings aside, it wasn't "cloying" to quote Oliver Platt's character. Also noticed a forearm burn on Jon Favreau (who trained extensively to do his own "stunts") and felt like a legit cook, as I have a matching one.

                                                                                                      1. Bumping this thread - just read on Facebook:

                                                                                                        Be the first to own ‪#‎ChefMovie‬ on Digital HD Sept. 16 or on Blu-ray & DVD Sept 30.

                                                                                                        Includes bonus footage not in theaters:
                                                                                                        • Deleted Scenes
                                                                                                        • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jon Favreau and Chef/Co-Producer Roy Choi

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                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                            Nooooo!! I was hoping to snag a copy for the wifeacita's birthday a few weeks prior. Second joint replacement this year scheduled prior. Oh chasing all those different sports balls has come home to roost, and I'm only in my 50's.

                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                              Maybe pre-order from Amazon for delivery on 9/30?

                                                                                                          2. Worth seeing. Felt authentic as far as Favreau's performance and the attention to detail (e.g., Casper's kuro-ichi/wa-handled chef's knife).

                                                                                                            I'm in the camp that didn't like the ending -- too contrived and abrupt. Enjoyed the use of music. Bonus scene was fascinating. Surprised Chef Roy didn't get a cameo role (or maybe I missed it?)

                                                                                                            1. Can't believe I forgot to pre-order this from Amazon. Just placed my order - I'll get it on Thursday, Oct. 2nd (yes, I put a slight rush on it, along with some drip pans for my electric stove! LOL).

                                                                                                              And now that Outlander is done for the mid-season, I know what I'll be watching this Saturday night. :D

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                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                Bought it on iTunes last weekend and made my husband watch it!

                                                                                                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                  Since I don't use ITunes (yeah, I know - dinosaur) - how do you watch it? On your computer?

                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                    Not Nonnie but I stream it on my TV via Apple TV. The laptop is ok for watching in bed but for good movies I prefer the TV.

                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                      OK, I'm a real dinosaur. Don't do streaming; still have a big-butt non-Internet connected TV. It's never been a place I wanted to spend additional money - until I had to do so. Hell, I just got my first smart phone in August 2014. :-/

                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                        My TV is pretty old but since I have cable I just hooked up a wireless router and apple TV and it became internet connected. Both would go with you when/if you moved.

                                                                                                                        Also great for streaming Netflix, Hulu, etc

                                                                                                                        Not pressuring you or anything…. :)