Jon Favreau juggles producer, writer, director and star duties in the charming indie film that takes him back to his roots before "Ironman" and "Cowboys and Aliens". Mr. Favreau plays Carl Casper, a very talented chef who is in a creative rut. When he clashes over the menu with restaurant owner Riva, played by Dustin Hoffman, he ends up with a terrible review by food critic, Ramsey Michel, played by Oliver Platt.
The consequences of that review start him down a path of change that restore his creativity and make him a better man. His journey involves a food truck and the help of John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Emjay Anthony and in a one scene cameo, Robert Downy Jr. Also on the menu is Bobby Cannavale and Scarlet Johnansson as his co-workers at Riva's restaurant.
It's a great cast in a light and breezy film structured as a feel good movie and it succeeds on all levels. The music is terrific as is all the prepared food and I guarantee you will leave hungry. Make a night of it...see "Chef" and then head out to your favorite Cuban restaurant.