The irresistible movie Chef has me so excited; it is a real foodie movie. This slice of life film has it all: great characters, awesome food, a wonderful story line, travel and gorgeous actors ( Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Emjay Anthony,and Bobby Cannavale and actresses (Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Sedaris).
Writer, producer and yes lead actor Jon Favreau strikes just the right chord in this foodie movie love song. The movie is soulful yet funny as heck. If that is not enough, this movie was classy enough to give the Food Stylists their due credit as so many do not. The Food Stylist was Melissa McSorley and the Assistant Food Stylist was Nancy Goodman Iland. Great work ladies.
Lets talk about the food. One of the things I liked most about the movie was the way food was used to map milestones on the lead character Chef Carl Casper’s journey to his authentic cooking flavor; a concept akin to a musicians looking for their sound or writers looking for their voice. Chef was being held back by a boss who was comfortable producing beautiful, edible but uninspired and pretentious, go with the flow, haute cuisine standards (i.e. caviar eggs, seared sea scallops and molten lava cakes). His heart craved more but his job demanded less. By the time the movie wrapped up, I had experienced Chef’s journey through, the savory Floridian,flavors of mojo Cuban pork, the spicy creole bite of New Orleans cuisine and the unmistakable smokey satisfaction of Texas barbecue; what a delicious ride. I know because I’ve eaten at each one of the restaurants he visited, Versailles in Miami, FL, DuMonde’s in New Orleans, LA and Franklin’s in Austin, TX .
i sure hope you like the movie as much as I did. In the meantime here are a few recipes to help you do the “Chef” thing at home. Chow for now!
Links for Chef recipes
Finally for those of you who like a sweet finish here is a recipe for Molten Lave Cake.