As food bloggers and food blogging gain prominence, bloggers have assumed a heavy responsibility – the ability to make or break a restaurant. It is a power not to be taken lightly.
The movie Chef is built on just such a scenario. Jon Favreau plays a professional chef Carl who gets a bad review from a food blogger/ critic. Carl gets into a fight with the food blogger Ramsey (a barb at a certain critical real life chef?) openly berating him on Twitter. The whole incident goes viral and Carl gets a big Twitter following overnight. He tries to cook a fancy meal for the blogger to show off his talents but the thing backfires. Carl becomes a professional pariah.
He says goodbye to his job in a tizzy and tries his hand at some anger management.
Ex-wife Inez is played by Sofia Vergara who shot to fame with Modern Family. Carl struggles with his relationship with his son. Ex-wife is dating Robert Downey Jr. who is a millionaire.
Inez and son Percy urge him to start a food truck, financed by the boyfriend. Carl heads to Miami to pick up said truck which turns out to be a piece of crap. He digs in with some elbow grease and bonds with his son while restoring the truck.
Carl names the truck El Jefe or ‘The Boss’. The truck makes its way from Florida to California, selling Cubanos along the way.
The film is totally food centric, so if watching a culinary creation in progress does not thrill you, Chef is not for you. Only a foodie will be thrilled at watching the first few seconds of the video above.
Jon Favreau’s Carl is very touching and the film portrays an aspect bloggers may not realize. It seems a restaurant chef may not really have total freedom over how to cook or present a dish. The menu is ultimately driven from the top, probably dictated by what most people want.
Watching this movie drives home an important point. Carl makes it big selling simple sandwiches and fries. You don’t need 20 ingredients and hours of slaving over a stove to produce good food. Nor does your food need to be a piece of art worthy of the Louvre.
Simple, fresh food that comes from the heart is the best kind. This is a sentiment I believe in and I hope at least some of my recipes reflect that.
Are you a foodie? Do you dream about hot burgers sizzling on the grill? Does the scent of onion pakoras being fried make you stop at the side of the road to taste a batch? Does a simple daal made just right satisfy your soul? Then Chef is a must watch for you.
Chef is a simple movie, for those that take pleasure in the simple things in life.