When I mentioned to people that I had seen The One Hundred Foot Journey, and how it inspired me to go deeper into the things I cook, they said, “Oh, then you need to see the Chef“. Well, I tried.
It is not often that I start a movie that I don’t finish, but this was one. There was nothing here that was inspiring nor worth watching. Part of the problem was the film wasn’t sure if it wanted to be a comedy or a drama, it failed on both fronts. The story line was not plausible, the acting was mediocre, and about half way through I had had enough.
One has to ask why actors like Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey Jr agreed to show up in this film. I say show up because none of them were acting. The lines they had were stiff and delivered as if they were reading a prescription bottle.
As for any kind of inspiration into cooking, if I used what this film brings to the table, I would just go back to frozen dinners from Swanson’s.
This one gets one cigar and that is being generous.