Director/actor/producer Jon Favreau is bringing his hit film Chef back to theaters this month. Per a press release, Open Road Films will re-release the film nationwide on August 29. Written, directed, and produced by Favreau — who also steals the show as the lead character — Chef tells the story of chef Carl Casper, a divorced father who works as an executive chef at a restaurant. His dream of winning over critics and patrons falters when the restaurant owner stifles his creativity, leading Casper to abruptly quit his job. With his career on extended hold, Casper rediscovers his passion for cooking — and the value of family and friends — when he starts up a food truck business and takes it cross country.
Chef has received a slew of positive reviews from critics and working chefs alike. The New York Post called it "the best movie about food since Ratatouille," and Rolling Stone wrote, "Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul." Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Downey Jr. also star in the film. Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, and Tom Colicchio have also praised the film.
Chef has brought in close to $30 million at the box office so far. Now, it has a chance at charming a late summer audience. The Chef soundtrack is now available, and includes not only the music from the film but also a CD of recipes by consulting chef and co-producer Roy Choi.