Sunday, March 08, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Movie Review - Chef

Each weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  This is perfect for me since I love food and cooking almost as much as I love books!

I didn't cook much last week because my husband was out of town, so it was mostly just my teen son and I (and occasionally his girlfriend), so we either ordered take-out or went for super simple meals. So, my Weekend Cooking post this week is a movie review. Thanks to the recommendation of Beth Fish Reads, I watched the movie Chef last night.

Chef is an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable movie about food, family, fatherhood, and friendship. Jon Favreau stars as Carl, the accomplished and talented chef of the title, who is stuck under the thumb of an overbearing restaurant owner, played by Dustin Hoffman. John Leguizamo plays Carl's loyal line cook and enthusiastic best friend. Carl's life seems
to be falling apart, as his ex-wife, Inez (played by Sofia Vergara), urges him to spend more time with his son, Percy, and leave the restaurant. She wants him to open a food truck, supplied by her first ex-husband, a quirky guy played by Robert Downey, Jr. Fed up and with few options, he finally gives into the food truck idea, and the whole family heads to Miami to pick it up.

The food porn is this movie is amazing! My mouth was watering, and the grilled cheese scene alone just about killed me (I'm dairy intolerant and miss cheese so much!). But this is far more than a movie about food - it is also filled with great music, family drama, humor, and one of the best road trip scenes ever. They drive the food truck cross-country, from Miami to L.A., in scenes filled with mouth-watering food, foot-tapping music, and a lot of fun. The scenes in New Orleans made me home sick. This film is well-written, beautifully produced, and filled to the brim with excellent performances by great actors. All in all, this is a gem of a movie, filled with joy, and I loved every minute of it. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and those amazing cooking scenes inspired me to get back in the kitchen and get more creative this week!

I hope you are enjoying good food this week!

Chef is available for streaming for $3.99 on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play.

After watching the trailer, I want to watch the movie again!! 


  1. Thats it, I have to get this movie!!!

  2. I missed this one in the theater, so glad it finally became available on streaming.

  3. It's streaming on Netflix, so that's great! Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. My husband and I just watched The 100-Foot Journey which I first heard about through Weekend Cooking posts, so we'll definitely have to look for this one on Netflix. Great idea!

  5. I totally forgot about this movie. I'm going to have to check it out. You know I love food as much as I love books too! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again with more great books and food this weekend.

  6. I just borrowed this movie from the library last weekend. I liked the story and the food, but really loved the little boy. He was so sweet.