Jon Favreau’s new indie baby ‘Chef’ has opened at the Tribeca film festival in New York.
The story of a restaurant chef who Is fired for going off-menu but is reborn when he opens his own food truck, ‘Chef’ boasts a star-studded cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofía Vergara and Dustin Hoffman.
“Fortunately they liked the script and they were available to work and they didn’t mind not getting paid a lot of money, so I owe them all big favours, that cast,” said Favreau.
Favreau got to cook with his own ingredients and set his own menu for the movie, which he wrote, directed, co-produced and in which he plays the lead role.
A dark-haired Scarlett Johansson is cast as his girlfriend and Colombian actress Sofía Vergara plays his ex-wife.
“It was amazing for me to be able to be in a movie with Jon Favreau, not only to experience him as a director but also as an actor, and with actors like John Leguizamo – he’s Colombian – it was a lot of fun for me,” said Vergara.
With the help of his ex-wife, his best friend and his son, the chef takes to the road in his food truck, going back to his roots and reigniting his passion for the kitchen.
Funnyman John Leguizamo plays his buddy.
“‘Chef’ is the journey of a man, any man in America who attains some amount of success and what happens to you – the narcissism that sets in, the little power-hungry, you neglect those that you love and then comes the fall, and then you have to pick yourself up and you find that the best way to do that is being true to yourself,” said John Leguizamo.
While some call it an "amiably rambling dramedy", others describe it as Favreau’s "own personal food truck", saying the parallel’s between the movie and the director of blockbusters like ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ are obvious.
‘Chef’ is on worldwide release from now.