I may not be able to spend time in my kitchen right now but I had the privilege to hang out with Jon Favreau in his on-set kitchen in the film Chef. I had my interview with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar and then ran out of the house for another home viewing. Despite the anarchy, I am glad things turned out the way they did because as soon as I saw the trailer for Chef, I knew I had to see it.
As beautiful as it was to watch the food (Reg said, screw 3D, I want smellovision!) the film is about so much more. If you have ever found yourself lost in life and needing to start over but have no idea where to begin, this movie will inspire you.
The cast is absolutely shockingly stellar. From the dedicated best friend played by John Leguizamo to the food blogger who turns the chef’s life upside down, played by Oliver Platt… everyone is a fresh character. The film is devoid of stereotypes. Beautiful.
Whatever you do, do not go see this movie hungry and definitely buy a treat to snack on. Even as I dove into my dill pickle-sprinkled bag of popcorn, I found myself still hungry and wanting more. The food footage is glorious and the desire to start a new life inspired by food? Absolutely infectious.
This is a sensitive movie that explores a life caught in a foodie loop that finally breaks and with it, the heart of the chef. As a viewer you get to watch as he brings his life back together and finds passion in food and life. I knew I would love it but was so happy that Reg loved it even more than I did. I kind of insisted we go see it and am so glad I did. It has been a long time since I have seen a drama that dealt with real life issues about dreams and life that was not sensationalistic or over-the-top.
This film is so real and warm and, well, delicious. My heart went out to The Chef and I enjoyed following him on his journey back to passion and joy. If you can, go see this movie. Now.