known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers and his directorial successes with the Iron Man series is serving up a warm role in the film Chef that is not just a half-baked romantic comedy. The film’s main character Chef Carl Casper, played by Favreau, is being bothered by a blogger questioning his creative genius in the kitchen. His main problem is not the critical blogger, but the power freak of an owner, played by Dustin Hoffman, who drives Casper to quit.
Finding a new flavor for his culinary imagination isn’t easy, but in Miami, Casper joins forces with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his somewhat estranged son, Emjay Anthony, who has native cooking talent and marketing skills to help Casper getting his cooking show on the road, literally, as he finds novel ways to serve his fare from the back of a truck.
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The film is on Netflix and has reached 86% on the TomatoMeter. Most of its reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are positive. Norman Wilner of NOW Toronto writes, “It’s 20 minutes too long and a hair too manipulative, but Favreau is so intent on delivering a pleasurable experience that it almost seems unfair to hold his excesses against him.” Sean Means of Salt Lake Tribune writes, “With his ‘passion project’ comedy Chef Jon Favreau reminds us why we liked him in the first place.”
Jon Favreau grew up in Flushing, Queens New York. His mother Madeleine was Jewish and an elementary school teacher. She died of leukemia, and Jon was raised by his father Charles, who was a Catholic of Italian and Canadian ancestry. Favreau went to Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah.