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Jon Favreau's 'Chef' has all the ingredients for a hit
Jon Favreau's 'Chef' has all the ingredients for a hit

Writer-director-star Jon Favreau cooks up tureens of fun and charm in "Chef," a welcome return to his more intimate, indie film roots ("Swingers," "Made") after helming such mega-budget pictures as "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys & Aliens." As Carl Casper, a respected L.A. chef who finds himself at a creative and career crossroads when his restaurateur boss (Dustin Hoffman) irrevocably cramps his style, the bearishly charismatic Favreau is flat-out terrific. Warm, dimensional and intuitive, his Carl proves an ideal combo of top dog and underdog — as well as a thoroughly credible kitchen master. Carl's journey to...

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