Chris Gonzales

June 8, 2014 6:52 pm

Review: Chef

Chelsea and I just saw the film Chef by Jon Favreau, and it was fantastic all around. Some of it was a little larger-than-life, of course (as any entertaining movie would be) but it had a lot of soul and felt human in ways most movies don't—plus, it was pure food porn from start to finish. I'm feeling inspired to cook some of those amazing dishes, and I even found the recipe for the garlicky, oily pasta Favreau's character prepares in one scene.

As someone who spent a few years working in restaurants, I found the interactions amongst kitchen staff members to be totally true to life. John Leguizamo in particular brought his A-game on this one. But, the real highlights of the film were the scenes between Favreau's character and his son. Several moments reminded me a lot of the relationship I had with my own dad growing up, down to the small rites of passage sprinkled throughout.

Absolutely delightful film, and I'm not ashamed to admit I even teared up near the end. Can't wait to see it again.

Rating: ★★★★★