Chef | Teen Ink


August 13, 2018
By MovieReviewer_18 ELITE, Short Hills, New Jersey
MovieReviewer_18 ELITE, Short Hills, New Jersey
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 Chef is a movie that showcases the fast-paced life of a chef, the good parts of being a head chef, the bad parts, and how a chef deals with being a parent. Carl Casper, the protagonist, the father, and the chef, is forced to cook for one of the most prestigious critics in Los Angeles. Although Carl wants to make an elaborate, creative menu to impress the critic, a controlling owner forces the chef to make a safe menu, instead.  When a critic harshly reviews Carl and writes some personal reviews, the chef begins to get mad. When the reviews begin to go viral on Twitter, Carl gets angry and gets a twitter account of his own. Because he doesn't entirely understand how twitter works, he ends up sending the harsh critic a tweet that was meant to be private, but it ended up being public. The re-tweet also goes viral, and the critic then replies again, snobbishly, and that tweet also goes viral.  Although it would be best for Carl to not respond back, he ends up replying another tweet and engages in a fight with him by telling the reviewer to come back to the restaurant and try their new menu. However, the owner of the restaurant doesn't want to serve the fresh menu, and this pushes Carl to the limit. As a result, the chef ends up feuding with the critic about a chocolate lava cake. A video of him yelling at the critic goes viral, he loses his job, and he starts to ponder about what he should do next with his life. 
 In order to spend more time with his son, Percy, Carl agrees to go to Miami with his son and his ex-wife. as she visits her father there. While in Miami, Carl decides that he should open up a Cuban food truck. While opening the food truck, the chef brings his son along and teaches him the values and lessons that come with cooking. After the truck gets cleaned and receives a fresh paint job, Carl, his friend, Martin, and Percy open up the food truck, and, together, they start selling Cubanos. The trio travel to New Orleans, Texas, and more, as they jump start their business. Carl soon learns that this life is much more suited for him than the intense, series restaurant life. 
 The movie is loads of fun and is well done. It showcases great people making great food and shows the world the power and greatness of good food. The movie has zest, and if this movie doesn't inspire people, then nothing will. Chef has some comical moments, some dramatic moments, some emotional moments,  some delicious moments, and so much more. Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie an 87% review, but that's not nearly high enough for this movie that captures the essence of what it means to be a cook. 

The author's comments:

Chef is a fantastic movie and an absolute must see. 

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