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Review: 'Chef' makes for a sizzling good time



Get ready to become a major foodie.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 07: (L-R) Musician Gary Clark, Jr, actor John Leguizamo, actor Emjay Anthony, director Jon Favreau and actor Oliver Platt pose for photos in the Green Room for the premiere of 'Chef' during the 2014 SXSW Film Festival
Photo by Michael Buckner

The opening night film of the 2014 SXSW film festival, Jon Favreau's "Chef" is now in theaters nationwide and will surely excite your taste buds.

Written and directed by Favreau, "Chef" plays like a food lover turned cinephile's wet dream with a mix of romantic comedy. In addition to his writing and directing credits, Favreau also stars in the film about a promising head chef in a rut as his restaurant's owner limits his culinary creativity.

Favreau's character, chef Carl Casper, also has many other obstacles to overcome besides his creativity roadblocks. His ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) is encouraging him to spend more time with his son and chef Carl has recently discovered Twitter and his tweeting skills are lacking.

His lack of Twitter awareness leads to a public incident that costs Casper his job. It's this crucial plot development that launches Chef into a tasty delight of a film.

Finding inspiration while working on a refurbished food truck, Casper, his son Percy (Emjay Anthony) and chef Casper's friend Martin (John Leguizamo) take off on a culinary and cultural adventure.

The Cuban sandwiches, beautiful sights of many of America's greatest cities, a deep cast full of stars and heartfelt comedy make "Chef" an undeniably enjoyable film.

"Chef" manages to succeed despite some of the cliches the film leans on in its story arc and plot progression. A dad with a young kid he barely knows is not the most original story in the world and the final plot twist is a bit too predictable but those things don't detract from a solid piece of filmmaking.

Also, Austinites will have to watch for several familiar sights and faces towards the end of the film. I'm sure you'll recognize at least one Austin landmark or face if not more.

"Chef" is now playing in theaters all across Austin. Theater listings, tickets and showtimes are available here.

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