Let me start by saying that if you havent eaten before watching this movie, then that’s a very bad idea! You will litrally be salivating from the moment this movie starts. Jon Favreau has created what I can only describe as one of the best movies about food and chefs. Being trained as a chef myself, I can relate really well to the main character and his need for creative expression. But let my biased opinion on this movie not sway you either way. The script has many comedic notes and its good to see John favreu going back to his original roots of swingers. So despite a plethora of big Hollywood stars that you will see dashing past on your screen in small cameo roles, this movie manages to never looses its indie feel.
Carl Casper is a chef working in one of Los Angeles best restaurants but is in a creative rut. He is also estranged from his son and his ex-wife because of his long working hours and is not really happy where he is. When a revered food-critic is going to review his restaurant he wants to impress him and make something totally different. However the owner of the restaurant (Played by Dustin Hoffman) makes him cook the same old food, resulting in the critic tearing apart Chef Casper’s food and him having a public meltdown. After getting fired his ex-wife inez suggests that he goes and finally works for himself. After going with her and their son on a trip to Miami, inez her ex-husband offers Carl a food truck (a Brilliant cameo by Robert Downey, Jr.). He finds himself rediscovering his love for Cuban food and having to drive back to Los Angeles, his son Percy (a special mention to Emjay Anthony for an outstanding performance) persuades him to take him along for the trip as Chef Casper tries to repair his relationship with his son.