Known for big-budget blockbusters Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots as writer, director, and star of the dramedy Chef. The culinary feature tells the story of well-known Los Angeles chef Carl Casper (Favreau) who, after sending a career-ending tweet to a nemesis restaurant critic, drives across the country to launch a food truck business with his 10-year old son (Emjay Anthony) and his sous chef (John Leguizamo). The cast counts both indie regulars and familiar Hollywood faces, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, and Bobby Cannavale.
Behind the Scenes: Oliver Platt plays the restaurant critic responsible for provoking Chef Casper’s social media meltdown. Platt’s real life brother is Adam Platt, the restaurant critic for New York magazine , a coincidence of which Favreau wasn’t aware when casting the film.
The Early Word: The film opened at South by Southwest in March where critics all agreed on one thing: a little slow plotwise, but foodies will love it. Says Joe Leydon in Variety: “A lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine.” - Elaheh Nozari