Friday, April 25, 2014


by D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival 2014 selection

Eat before viewing is the best advice I can give to audience members.  The beautiful, scrumptious looking dishes that are displayed on screen are sure to make your mouth water as this film follow the exploits of frustrated chef Carl Caspar (Jon Favreau).  Successful but unhappy cooking "old dishes" by his restauranter boss (Dustin Hoffman), following an emotional blowup that goes viral on the web and results in his unemployment, the Chef decides to reinvent himself.

By means of a taco truck that takes the viewer through several interesting cities, and with the additional help of Twitter, accompanied by his habitually disappointed son (Emjay Anthony), Chef takes us on a road trip where Carl Caspar rediscovers his roots, his passion and repairs relationships.  Assisted by Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johannsson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey Jr..the film is an unexpected delight.

This is a feel good film that can be seen by everyone in the family, regardless of age.  A small film with a big heart, Chef captures the audience with its story and interweaving of how modern technology can impact a person's life.