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

good because it reminds you of,

like, a whole world of memories

that you have of being there.

'Cause it's like... I'm telling you,

it's like a whole different world.

- We should go there sometime.

- Definitely.

- For real?

- Yeah.

I mean, not now.

- But, like...

- When?

I don't know. I got...

Everything's very full for me.

- I got this reviewer coming.

- After the review?

Yeah, after review. That'd be good.

I'm off school next month.

Next month? Yeah.

We could go next month.

- Awesome.

- Or whatever. Or, like, if you're...

If it doesn't... I'll ask Mom.

If it doesn't work out next

month, we'll go later.

- But we'll definitely check it out.

- I already did. She's cool with it.

- You asked her already?

- Mm-hm.

Where'd you get a phone? How

come you have a phone already?

Everybody your age have phones?

Yo, Popeye, get the

sauce on there, OK?

Whose bacon is this, huh?

I gotta watch this too?

When I find out who it is, grab your

ankles, 'cause here comes papi chulo.

Where we at? Talk to me,

people. How we doing?

The stock's simmering, the pig's

broken down, bacon are fine.

The stock is simmering.

That means reducing.

Good. Guys, big night tonight.

You all know what's happening?

Yeah? OK, let me know

as soon as he's here.

I want people having fun

at all the tables around.

Call your pretty friends, bring 'em in.

Tell 'em the tickets are on me.

The stemware looks crooked.

Let's get out there.

Don't make me get the f***ing

ruler out. Thank you.

- Oh, Chef.

- I got the good sh*t.

- You see this, Martin?

- Look at that. That's a specimen.

- Baby carrots.

- I got you curry paste with...

- Copy that. Copy that.

- Carl.

Not right now, please.

Where the f*** did you get

these juicy-ass tomatoes?

- Riva's here.

- OK, you got it? Let's get...

What the hell's Riva doing here?

I don't know. He was

on his way back here.

I got him espresso, bought

you five minutes of time.

You should meet him

out on the floor.

Stall him for five minutes. Let

me get the staff going. Please.

OK. Fine. Expect him

to come back here.

Yeah, thank you.

How you gonna keep that

psychopath from coming back here?

- You gotta have a plan.

- You want me to pickle these?

Yeah, pickle these.

I want you to pickle...

- Is Carl in there?

- Yeah.

Hey, Carl!


Are you, uh... are you

planning on altering the menu?

Yeah, I can't do this right

now. Please, just...

- You know a lot is on the line today.

- I know.

That's why the menu

has to be perfect.

- But I can help you plan it.

- I can't do this right now.

Give me five minutes with my staff,

I'll walk you through the menu.

I've done this before.

I can help guide you.

I don't need guidance

right now. I need space.


Thank you.

Could we have a little

privacy, uh, guys?


I ask you to leave,

you gotta look at Carl?

OK, everybody, tomen cinco.

Take five.

- You good?

- I got it. Go, go, go.

Grab a coffee.

- Let's get something straight.

- Yeah.

You don't f***ing talk to my

staff like that. I talk to my staff.

That side of the pass is

you, this side is me.

That was the arrangement

when you hired me.

OK, now will you listen

to me for a minute?

Carl, I get ideas.

Sometimes my ideas work.

I really don't care what magazine

said that you're the next big thing.

The fact is, you work for me,

in my restaurant, right?

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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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