Synopsis: Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way.
Director(s): Jon Favreau
Production: Open Road Films
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min


You walk here?

Alright, good. Turn around.

Legs out.

The bag.

Gotta still hit the

farmers' market.

- What time is it?

- 10:

- It's 10:

- Mm-hm.

I gotta pick up the kid.

Where's Tony?

Tony and I were out late last night.

But don't worry, he's gonna be here.

- You got this?

- Yes.

He's not gonna flake. Neither am I.

Hey. Hey, hey, hey!

- Yes, Chef.

- Wake up.

We got a critic coming today.

Why you think I slept

here for, bro?

Let's get going on the soup.

We're behind on the egg prep.

And get the mise on the steak.

You still shitfaced?

- No, I'm good. I'm good, Chef.

- Alright.

Help Martin with the pig.

We got the pig.


- Hey, pal.

- Hey.

Buckle up, buddy. Sorry I'm late.

I'm used to it.

Listen, pal, I don't think we

have time to catch a movie today.

Is it 'cause you're

getting reviewed?

- Yeah, how'd you know about that?

- Mom told me.

What'd she say?

She said you might

be a little worried.

- She said I was worried?

- Yeah.

Well, Mom doesn't know

me that well, OK?

- She's pretty spot-on about you.

- Oh, yeah?

You know what Mommy

thinks I should be doing?

- What?

- That I should get a food truck.

- I like food trucks.

- Yeah, I like food trucks.

Who doesn't like food trucks?

Can you picture me driving

a food truck? I'm a chef.

- I work in a restaurant.

- OK.

Listen, I gotta go to the farmers'

market, pick up some ingredients.

OK. Can I come?

I thought I'd drop you

off at the restaurant.

- Molly's there.

- No, I wanna go with you.

- You're not gonna ask me

for everything you see?

- No.

It's not about you eating,

it's about me buying groceries.

- I know.

- OK. Good.

- You got the purple and white?

- Just orange.

Just orange? Alright, give

me six bunches of those.

- Or eight of the small.

- Dad.

Hang on a second, buddy. And on the

radishes here, I use the tops, OK?

- I need consistent tops.

- Dad.

Is that what's happening?

Six of these. Let's see what we got.

- Dad.

- What do you want, Percy?

- Can I please have kettle corn?

- Daddy's working, OK?

No, you're not gonna get kettle...

- Why don't you get a piece of fruit?

- I don't want fruit.

How can you even ask for kettle corn?

You know what it is?

- No.

- It's carbs covered with sugar, OK?

Look at this piece of fruit.

Huh? It's beautiful.

How could you even want kettle corn

with gorgeous fruit like

this in front of you?

Why don't you have

a piece of fruit?

So apparently they're

sending a big reviewer

who's also some huge food blogger.

- You know what a food blogger is?

- Yeah.

A guy who writes about

food on the internet.

I know what a food blogger is.

Well, this guy's a big one,

and a lot of these big guys,

they don't like me.

They got it in for me because I got

good write-ups when I started out.

- They're haters.

- Exactly.

We didn't have that word

when I was growing up.

There was no word for hater.

The most you would say is that

somebody was, like, jealous,

which didn't really capture it.

The sausage guy's here.

You ever try andouille sausage?

- No.

- It's spicy.

- You like spicy?

- No.

It's not so spicy. Come on.

That's from New Orleans.

You ever heard of New Orleans?

- Yeah.

- Yeah?

It's part of the United States.

It's part of the Louisiana

Purchase from Napoleon.

Yeah. Um, that was...

I mean, like, now. That

was a long time ago.

- 1803.

- Whatever.

Talking about the food,

the culture, you know?

Like this andouille sausage.

- Beignets. You ever hear of that?

- We can get it here.

Not the same.

When you have it here, it's

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Jon Favreau

Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, filmmaker and comedian. As an actor, he is known for roles in films such as Rudy, Swingers, Very Bad Things, The Break-Up, and Chef. more…

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