A once star chef must make a new life for himself as the owner of a food truck while he reconnects with his son

What a movie what a movie! I have to start by saying that the only reason I watched this movie is because of the aggressively good things I kept hearing about it because, to be honest, from the outside looking in it appeared to be a trite predictable snooze fest hardly worth wasting an hour and a half on. Thankfully I watched it to see what the fuss was about and I now see it. While this movie doesn’t break any new ground or truly wow it does what it does so splendidly that I couldn’t help but love it.

Chef” from the outset seemed to be playfully skirting some very common cliches in similar movie genres yet somehow managed to avoid so many of them at the same time. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen I was proven wrong. The main reason for this unpredictability is the fact that the film doesn’t feel the need to shoehorn in heartache or problems where they are unneeded. For example, about halfway through the film the trio of chefs are driving back across America to L.A. And the entire time this was happening I kept expecting the truck to be stolen or to break down. But no, the movie insists that not everything has to be bad all the time, it keeps this cheery upbeat quality that makes it so you can’t help but fall in love with it. A lesser script would have insisted that some sort of trouble arise or else “what is there to watch”. “Chef” on the other hand shows you the story of a man connecting with his son and shows you how that can be fun to watch.

On top of all that I loved how the film portrays nearly every way that food can be taken in a subtle manner. I don’t mean in what ways we can eat it but I swear that nearly every connection that people have made with food shows up at least once during the film. Whether it be therapeutic, artistic or even sexual. Even beyond the visual representation of how we view food is quite literally viewing the food. Perhaps it was just because I was watching it on a slightly empty stomach but “Chef” like a good Food Network show makes you wish you could dive into the screen and eat what they are eating.

In not making you sit through forced upsets and downturns “Chef” captures a truly good feeling and makes you want to be a part of the story, not because you want to see how they overcome or what happens, but because it just seems like a fun place to be. 7/10

Available on Netflix Instant streaming