March 26, 2015

A Review, Kind of: CHEF, the movie!

Chowing down on a traditional Bratwurst from The Brathaus at Hamlet in Braddon, Canberra’s funky food truck village inspired another viewing of the movie ‘Chef’. Have you seen it? Tell me what you thought? I love it!

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It’s about a Chef by the name of Carl Casper who is slammed by a food blogger. I can appreciate this story from both angels being a qualified chef and a food blogger. The four star chef loses his bonkers and flies off at the writer, a powerful foodie who really has no understanding of what the work involves. He retaliates with a public tweet, which results in Chef losing his temper, his job and his reputation.

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He buys, does up and drives a food truck selling ‘Cubanos’ Cuban sandwiches from Miami to Los Angeles, thanks to tweets and 6 second videos posted to Vine by his 10 year old son, word spreads and crowds gather at each stop along the way, it is about Carl finding his groove in all areas of his life again and a tribute to the power of social media.

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A hearty reminder that sometimes the lowest points in your life, both personally and professionally, are actually your biggest opportunity. When you reach that record low, you really have nothing to lose, and the only way you can go is UP!

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So my friends, if you’re a creative character who feels overworked and sucked dry by your employer, watch this film.

Are there other food related films you love and think I should see?

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Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - July 22, 2015 Reply

I watched the movie recently and loved it. It always impresses me the power that a food critic review holds — to both make and unmake the reputation of a chef. I am glad he had a happy end but many times not the same happens in real life.

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    It’s awesome huh?! One of my faves, I loved the underlying message to go after ones dreams, even when life keeps trying to kick you down. A hearty reminder that sometimes the lowest points in your life, both personally and professionally, are actually your biggest opportunity. When you reach that record low, you really have nothing to lose, and the only way you can go is UP!

Pink - April 28, 2015 Reply

Holy smokes, can’t believe I missed this post, by my fave person about my fave movie. Love the last bit of this post, nah actually love all of it xoxo

    Anna - April 29, 2015 Reply

    It really is one of the best films ever, huh? 🙂 And even cooler that it inspired you to get cracking with your food van idea and make it a reality. So fricken proud of you.

    Lots of loves and hugs. xox

Jean | Holy Smithereens - April 7, 2015 Reply

Hi Anna! I watched this movie on a flight back to Australia and I loved it! It’s a good perspective to see things in the point of view of both the chef and the blogger – the movie has great moral lessons – both in professional and family life, and also shows the power of social media.

    Anna - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Hey Jean. 🙂 I watched it on a long haul back to Aus too. 🙂 Perfect film to while away an hour or two.
    Loved it for all the reasons you listed. Especially seeing just how powerful social media is.

Dedy@Dentist Chef - April 4, 2015 Reply

yup, nothing better than homey comfort food, not even michelin star chef dishes…
it’s all i got from Chef the movie

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    Agreed Dedy. Not everything has to be Michelin Star quality, we can dine exceptionally well on home style prepared comfort foods. Great movie, so many wonderful hidden messages too. 🙂

The Squishy Monster - April 2, 2015 Reply

I so need to watch that movie. I’m stuck on The Leftovers at the current moment but as soon as that’s over!

    Anna - April 5, 2015 Reply

    Ohhh…. I’ll have to check out ‘The Leftovers’, sounds right up my alley. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - April 1, 2015 Reply

Hey lady, how are you doing? I haven’t heard of Chef but I’ll be on the lookout. Thanks for all the yummy food pics in this post, making me swoon!

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    GDay Sweets! Im doing great, got me a 5 day weekend starting tomorrow, looking forward to that. 🙂 Looks like you’ve been busy, especially loved your visit to Disney. So fun!

    Yea, its a great film, def worth a watch being a foodie. 🙂

Liz - April 1, 2015 Reply

Yup, I need to watch this movie! There’s so much b-ball on at our house, I’d be happy for a diversion 🙂

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Oh dear! You’re dealing with b-ball, I’m dealing with football. Sigh! Chef is def a good film to break up all the sport. Happy weekend lovely. 🙂

Mabel Kwong - March 31, 2015 Reply

I am actually not a movie watcher or even a TV person, but if that movie comes up on the entertainment system on a long plane ride, I’d totally watch it then!

The hot dog looks amazing. Not only does the sausage look big and juicy, but there’s a generous helping of sauce too. I hope the bread wasn’t dry. The last time I had a hot dog from the so-called famous Snag Stand in the city in Melbourne, the bread was like a rock cake. Come to think of it, I’ve come across A LOT of sandwich foods that have stale bread. Just my luck!

And what a positive message you ended your post with, Miss Anna! Food blogger, writer, motivational speaker too. When we’ve hit rock bottom, we really have nothing to lose because at that time probably no one is watching us. No pressure on us, so why not fly away 🙂

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Not watching TV I get, but movies… No waaaaay!
    Def should be top of your list next long plane ride you take. Its awesome. 🙂

    The hot dog was amazing, if you come visit the Berra, totes taking you there for a feed. The bread was fresh, the snag was juicy and there was just the right amount of sauce too. Haha… Note to self, dont bother with that snag joint.

    Oh you are too kind, Miss Mabel. The positive note really was to me, a reminder that when life is tough, it will get better. And like you say, it doesnt matter if we trip and fall when we are that low, there is a very good chance noone will even see, so might as well just get on with it. 🙂

    Wishing you a beautiful Easter my friend.
    Lotsa hugs. xo

Sophie - March 31, 2015 Reply

I haven’t seen the film but the storyline is cool! 🙂

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Great storyline Sophie, pretty spot on with how most chefs behave too. I didnt spend the whole film shaking my head, saying ‘as if’. 🙂

Sue - March 31, 2015 Reply

I loved that movie. I watched It right about the time I started on Twitter so it scared this old girl. I had some blogging friends on watch in case I tweeted anything ludicrous. 🙂

    Anna - March 31, 2015 Reply

    It’s a cracker huh, Sue. 🙂
    Bless your cotton socks having someone check you dont tweet crazy. LOL!

Raymund - March 31, 2015 Reply

I love that film, in fact any other cooking related movies as well but I think I am biased as I love food 🙂
Love this quote from you “When you reach that record low, you really have nothing to lose, and the only way you can go is UP!” so inspirational, you did motivated me today

    Anna - March 31, 2015 Reply

    Me too, Raymund. 🙂
    And awesome I inspired and motivated you.
    Have a stella week my friend.

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - March 30, 2015 Reply

Nice take on a film that I thoroughly enjoyed, thanks Anna. And wise advice – life is short, so I like to see every challenge as an opportunity!

    Anna - March 30, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Amanda, it’s a tops film huh?! And heck yes, I try to live my life that way too. 🙂

My Inner Chick - March 30, 2015 Reply

I love cooking films.
I shall be looking for this one.
Minnesota. xxx
PS. this food looks FABBBBBBBB.

    Anna - March 30, 2015 Reply

    Let me know what you think of it Kim. 🙂
    Lots of love across the oceans to you too.

shobelyn - March 28, 2015 Reply

These are deliciouse looking foods… I have not seen nor heard the movie Chef, is this the one from Netlix with Sofia Vergara???

    Anna - March 30, 2015 Reply

    Hey Shobelyn, thanks for visiting. 🙂
    The food is really delicious, big fan of the funky food trucks.
    And yes, not sure if it is on Netflix, but it does have Sofia in it. Def worth a watch. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 27, 2015 Reply

Yes! I loved it. Totally predictable but still, I loved it. 🙂

    Anna - March 30, 2015 Reply

    Yep, it was rather, but I love me a predictable happy ending. 🙂

hassan - March 27, 2015 Reply

I saw film and the behind scenes of it Anna . I would have liked to buy a sandwich from the food car!!. Director artistically attractived a simple matter.

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Wow Hassan, that’s awesome. Did you work on the set or something?
    Yes, I would have loved a sandwich from the food truck too. I would think that since the movies release it is now a really popular thing in the States.
    The Director did a really great job drawing attention to stuff that we all deal with.
    Loved it!

Agness - March 27, 2015 Reply

Now I’m craving a sausage OMOMOMOMOMOMOM!! Haven’t had fries for AGES! Time to change it :-)…

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Haha! Sometimes catching up on all my fave blog buddies is pure torture. I get so hungry seeing what they are cooking and eating. 🙂
    Hope you get your fry fix soon lovely.

Mandy - March 27, 2015 Reply

Right, the flik is officially on my list of “must watch”.
Have a beautiful day sweet Anna.
Love to you,
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Yes, it totally should be Miss Mandy. 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful day, and a great weekend.
    Lotsa love to you.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - March 26, 2015 Reply

So true, Anna! Our lows offer opportunities to think about life and grow… Both a powerful and humbling experience that can make one better! I have not watched the movie but I will!

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    While its happening, you think, hell no…. Why, why me?! But often when you are through it, you realise it’s one of the best possible things that could have happened. The movie for me was just a little reminder. 🙂
    Hope you enjoy it Denise. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - March 26, 2015 Reply

No, I haven’t seen it, but it sounds right up my alley! Love the look of that bratwurst too!

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Totes let me know what you think, Tim. 🙂
    And when you are back in the Berra later this year, to Hamlet we shall go.

Krista - March 26, 2015 Reply

It sounds like such a great movie, Anna. 🙂 I’ll definitely be keeping an eye open for it. 🙂

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    You and Bear will love it! 🙂

Hannah - March 26, 2015 Reply

How good is Hamlet!

I like the feelgoodnes of this delicious blog!

Haven’t seen the movie but now really want to.

The only food movie I can think of is Ratatouille….

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    AMAZINGLY Good! The schnitty the size of your head is awesome. I forgot to ask what you had when you visited?

    Glad you enjoyed the blog. Thank you for saying so. 🙂

    You should see the movie, its fun.

    And Ratatouille, such a good film. 🙂

Fran - March 26, 2015 Reply

Loved this movie! Saw it at Palace Cinemas, sipping on red wine, eating cheese and biccies. Brilliant evening, great movie. Still haven’t visited Canberra’s own food truck set up, yet. Sad, I know.

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Oh what a brilliant evening that must of been. I saw it at Palace too, but had coffee and cookies and all my chef buddies. Was interesting, you could totally tell the chefs in the audience. 🙂
    Get on a visit to Hamlet lady. Its fun!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - March 26, 2015 Reply

I really enjoyed the movie. I was sitting in a theatre with a whole bunch of food critics and of course they were guffawing about the food blogger bit. Yawn!

Love Cubanos though 🙂 I really wished they had a food truck outside that sold them!

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Oh dear. I am surprised people still feel that way about food bloggers. Although, I imagine you are rehearsed at dealing with the ‘haters’.
    I don’t think I’ve ever had a Cubanos, but it sure does sound amazing. 🙂

hassan - March 26, 2015 Reply

Certainly I would like to see this movie Anna.

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Do Hassan! Really do. Its awesome. 🙂
    Let me know what you think too.
    Have a happy weekend.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - March 26, 2015 Reply

This is a movie I haven’t seen. I’ve only seen the Julia Child movie and it dragged on a bit 🙂

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    I will say they were pretty spot on with the behaviours of a chef, so in that way, its good! Although, if you didn’t enjoy Julie/Julia, you might not dig this film so much either.

Elizabeth - March 26, 2015 Reply

What a great film Anna, I loved it! What I thought was interesting is that the Chef wanted to try something different, but his employer wouldn’t let him! In the end he cooked food that not only he loves, but that everyone could enjoy! My blog started at a very low point in my life, and while it is still chugging along, (with my Thermomix business) I must say that there are still good and bad days… I hope more good than bad soon! Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    I wouldn’t think I am alone feeling sucked dry by my employer, and controlled on how I present my creative. This was a feel good film for sure, but the message behind it… Follow your bliss. When you are doing something that you love, doors open, life works. ‘Build it and they will come’.

    If blogging and your thermomix business make you happy, keep doing it Liz. My blog brings me so much pleasure, I feel connected and a part of something, also a bonus I have amazing people in my world like you.

    Thanks for sharing your passion, I am grateful I found your blog.

    Giant hugs headed your way.

Hotly Spiced - March 26, 2015 Reply

I haven’t seen the film but it certainly has a great storyline. I do love the look of the dishes you bought from the food truck. Certainly this movie would have been riveting for you, being able to relate to both sides xx

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    It is a light and fluffy feel good film Charlie, and you are right, I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially as I can relate from both sides of the fence.

    And yes, the food from the Hamlet is amazing.

Gary Lum (@Yummy_Lummy) - March 26, 2015 Reply

I love the movie. I bought it on iTunes and have watched it about 10 times. I want to cook a toasted sandwich on a hot plate like that.

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Haha, that’s awesome Gary, think its one I need for my collection too.
    And all the YES to a Cubanos, fingers crossed we get one of those food trucks at Hamlet. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - March 26, 2015 Reply

I loved this movie Anna and have had a yearning for Cubanos ever since! I will get around to making them one day!

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Oooohhhh! Can’t wait for that post Rachel. 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - March 26, 2015 Reply

Ah yes, great movie, we only just watched it recently. Loved it… Peter wasn’t going to watch it with me, but very quickly after it began (and he heard the dialogue), he emerged from his study and sat with me!

Another wonderful movie is The Hundred Foot Journey.

    Fran - March 26, 2015 Reply

    Loved Hundred Foot Journey too.

      Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

      YES….. Me too Fran. Watched it a bunch of times already. Think its one to actually own. 🙂

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Bless your dear Peter. 🙂

    And yes, The Hundred Foot Journey is amazing, I have watched it a bunch of times since its release. The chefs at my work are in the process of applying for ‘Hat Status’, its kind of exciting to see what is potentially in store for us.

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