JON FAVREAU is a chunky-looking guy who obviously likes his food, and in this upbeat comedy he writes, directs and stars as the all-American foodie chef.
As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers (which he also wrote), Very Bad Things and The Break-Up and as a director he worked on Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, but you may remember him as Pete Becker, Monica Geller’s boyfriend during season three of the TV sitcom Friends.
This is his first small, independent movie in more than 10 years. He plays Carl, a workaholic chef in a Los Angeles restaurant whose boss — played in a delightful cameo by Dustin Hoffman — wants him to churn out a reliable, safe menu that will keep the money rolling in. Carl, on the other hand, wants to experiment with exciting new dishes. His frustrations are compounded by the fact that his wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) is feeling unloved and berates him for his lousy fathering skills to their son Percy (Emjay Anthony, who played the little boy in It’s Complicated).
Then one day a food critic/blogger (another cameo, one of many, played by Oliver Platt) swoops in and in an inscident involving a dining room meltdown and a mobile phone, Carl is ruined.