Jon Favreau has been having a tough run lately as a filmmaker. After having a run-in with Marvel Studios over the creative differences in “Iron Man 2” he was not asked to return to direct the 3rd film. Then, his follow-up project “Cowboys And Aliens” bombed both critically and financially. Perhaps, this next film is addressing his real-life reversal of fortunes. “Chef” is in a nutshell a “Jerry Maguire” story with food instead of American football. It’s been getting strong reviews at recent film festivals like SXSW, so this may just be Favreau’s comeback. I’m curious to see what he’s cooked up (haha) and the cast he’s assembled looks pretty good.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”
“Chef” also stars Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.