Le Chef: Movie Review
Cast: Jean Reno, Michael Youn, Raphaelle Agouge
Director: Daniel Cohen
However, with pressure mounting on him to provide a new spring menu, Lagarde is facing being ousted from his job by the CEO of the restaurant, a meddling fool who wants him to drop a star so that he can cut costs, fire him and bring in another cheaper chef who specialises in molecular gastronomy, the latest fad.
And Lagarde is not the only one with problems; self trained ambitious chef (and longtime Lagarde fan) Jacky Bonnot (Youn) can't hold down menial cooking jobs and is constantly being fired. With his pregnant girlfriend Beatrice about to give birth, Jacky takes a job as a handyman at an old people's home -but thanks to a chance meeting with Lagarde, soon finds his path heading back towards the kitchen.
Le Chef is as light and flouncy as a twice baked souffle but as nourishing as a haute cuisine meal.
It's a comedy which is simple, with charm and humour and blessed with sumptuous shots of food which are sparingly used throughout the film.
While it's all resolved in a suitably predictable style and with relatively little surprise, at a pacy 80 minutes, Le Chef is a soupcon of a treat; a veritable feast for the eyes and a light snack for the cinema going soul.