"Le Chef" — not to be confused with the current
The film, directed by Daniel Cohen from a script he wrote with Olivier Dazat, follows an odd-couple of chefs: the legendary Alexandre Lagarde (
Lagarde must prove to the snotty new head of the company (
Despite a rough start, Lagarde and Jacky prove a formidable duo, helping each other become both better men and smarter chefs as, among other things, they navigate the trendy world of molecular cooking.
The pair's fast-paced, often sardonic journey makes for an enjoyably comic fairy tale, one that's greatly enhanced by the nimble performances of Reno and Youn as well as by the brio of the supporting cast. Only a subplot involving distracted dad Lagarde and his disgruntled daughter (Salomé Stévenin) feels a tad wedged in.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for brief strong language; in French with English subtitles.
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.