Haute cuisine and haute humor come together in the glossy mainstream comedy film Le Chef.
Jean Reno stars as Alexandre Lagarde, the most revered chef in Paris. He has the enviable post of master chef at one of Paris’ primo restaurants, having earned (and annually maintained) the coveted award of three Michelin stars.
Michaël Youn plays Jacky Bonnot, a clown-like loser who has aspirations of becoming a top chef. He slavishly studies the books and recipes of all the great maestros of the kitchen, memorizing and improving their recipes in his insatiable quest for knowledge. Yet, with no formal training, he cannot land his dream job.
Alexandre is happy sending out perfectly executed versions of classic French dishes to his adoring customers, but a recent takeover of the restaurant by the owner’s son threatens his comfortable reign.
Jacky wants to cook more than anything but his wife is pregnant so she sensibly insists he land — and keep — a job that will provide for them all.
Somehow the odd couple of Jacky and Alexandre get together and, after much hilarity, manage to join forces. Sure, the plot is a little predictable, but the journey is fun. Daniel Cohen directs this confection well.
The dialogue is sharp, hysterically funny with rapid-fire joke exchanges that never let up. The acting is first-rate from our two seasoned leads, as well as the supporting cast of stunning French women and odd character actors.
With its procession of delectable dishes throughout, you’ll want to ensure you have a table booked at a nice restaurant for afterwards!
Le Chef is currently playing in selected cinemas in Los Angeles.