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 Post subject: Went to see the movie "Chef"
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:31 pm 
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We went to see this movie called "Chef" yesterday. Anyone else check it out? I don't want to blather away if nobody else has seen it and it's a small indie movie without a lot of marketing behind it.



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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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Did you like it?


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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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I did. It was a bit formulaic but I thought there were several good scenes in the movie and the part of the film I wanted to discuss was the work scenes in the restaurant and the food truck.
The guy that played the lead was pretty good considering he had never worked as a line cook or pro chef. I thought he got good instruction from whoever taught him. I read that they used real food and Jon Favreau did most of the knife work. They used a number of knives and it was difficult to catch what was used and they used. They jumped around with German and Japanese knives and I could catch a couple of them but they didn't dwell on them much. Used a wusthof, shun, a kurouchi knife and a nice Japanese gyuto with a wa handle that I couldn't figure out what it was.

Sue and I both thought there were a couple things that came off as phony. When he cooks a bunch of new stuff and his staff comes in and all oohs and aahhs about how great it was we both kind of chuckled.



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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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I haven't seen it myself, but I really want to. The buzz with other industry folks is that it's very authentic. Apparently Roy Choi put Favreau through an epic culinary boot camp and handled all of the kitchen details, from the menu to the little touches.

I'm told the sheet pan scene and the corn starch scene are particularly authentic. Having had the scenes described to me was like hearing a humorous story from another chef, not a scene out of a movie.


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There is a box of cornstarch in the men's room at my club... :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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It's on my list, will likely wait to get it from Netflix.


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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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I enjoyed the film as well Mark. As you say a bit formulaic but still a good plot and some awesome food / knife porn. As you said difficult to catch exactly which ones they where but I did count 5 different shuns in the movie. I read Jon Favreau spent a week at a french culinary school learning to cook and they also had some chef on set all the time there was some bits in the credit sequence with him showing Jon Faverau how to cook the grilled cheese.


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I can understand you folks feeling his conflicts about staying true to beliefs vs. fancy restaurant but what tore
me up was Scarlett vs. Sophia.
Still bothering me 4 days later.

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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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DOUGLAS <> The hotties were hot... as they are here [Miami].

CKTG <> What did you want to discuss; what scenes in question when you say, "...wanted to discuss was the work scenes in the restaurant and the food truck"?

I remember the food truck work scenes, inside, as being ridiculous. Too many people moving around a whole lot, but not really doing anything. I don't expect them to spend 5 minutes allowing you to see a dish develop from scratch to plated, but to me, it felt like they just jumped in the scene & started flailing around to look busy. I am sure this conveys chaos to the viewer which is what the Director is probably shooting for, and again, too much realism is not good TV.

I don't recall any real work scenes ITK except when the Chef is on the phone with his Sous after he walks out & the place is going down. Again, it seemed like no one was actually doing anything, and if you were that busy, you're not picking up the phone to chit chat. I do remember his cooking R&D at his house, but you don't really see anything except plating. I remember the scene in which you & Sue chuckled at: the Sous comes in early, and the Chef had been cooking all night - no sleep. He offers tastes, and receives the ooh aahh response you referenced. I didn't find that phony. I can't count how many times I've cooked straight through the night to have morning crew come in and see me busy at work. If I'm playing with product, method, tastes, and/or presentation they've never seen... ooh aahh is not a phony response. They usually ask me if they can taste; as opposed to like in the movie where Chef asks them to taste - seemingly for their approval. Depends on your relationships; I've had Sous that were employees, and I've had Sous that were friends. You gotta remember they had been making the same menu for years, and then they come in to see he pumped out all new menu items.

I do remember seeing only one scene where the actor actually used a knife. He's looking over his shoulder left talking to someone behind him while machine gunning zucchini rondelles or something like that, but you can see how inconsistent his cuts are & that he really isn't even near his guide finger.

The cornstarch was worth a chuckle... because it's true. But come on, work long mids w/no day off for weeks & swamp-ass gets everybody. Every cook that has busted ass for long enough has had monkey-butt.

Overall, I wasn't turned off by the movie; it was easy to watch. Unfortunately, you never really see the cutlery. I do think I noticed a brass pinned Kramer in the mix though... beyond all that was mentioned.

There were two scenes that I really loved. I LOVED when after the scene you & Sue chuckled at - as Chef's asking his Sous if the head cook is coming in since they're so busy, and Sous explains how trashed the cook got the night before. Then as Chef is walking through the parking lot to his car he notices the cook's car, notices the cook sleeping in it, and then raps the hood to wake him up. Chef tells the cook he knows how drunk he still is & asks the cook if he's knows how important service is this evening. This is the line I love. The cook says - to paraphrase from memory, "HELL YEAH CHEF... THAT'S WHY I SLEPT HERE!" Loved it... that's real! He jumps out of his car looking totally wrecked, and gets his ass ITK... like a good soldier.. not these PC pussies who drive home, sleep late, and are late for their shift. You sleep in the lot, you're guaranteed to be at work on time.

The other one was very simple. Chef, Sous, and son walk into a Texan BB-Q pit, the smoker opens slowly, and then you see a row of the most ABSOLUTELY PERFECT smoked briskets you'll ever see. So beautiful they were.

Another thing I liked was that he spoke quickly. We speak quickly, and we wait for no one. Lead, follow, or get out of the way...



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 Post subject: Re: Went to see the movie "Chef"
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So is it worth paying to see in the theater or should I just wait for it on redbox


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