Sometimes, a film comes along that makes people "feel good" enough to ignore some its more glaring flaws. Jon Favreau's Chef is just such an example. Teetering on overly trite, the narrative explores the travails of Carl Casper, a renowned Los Angeles chef who struggles with the comfortableness of his job at a premier restaurant called Gauloise stifling his culinary creativity. 

Promotional poster for Chef

Promotional poster for Chef

Change foists itself upon Carl when an illustrious food blogger named Ramsey Michael (Oliver Platt) comes to review the menu. Carl wants to shake it up with some new cuisine while his somewhat tyrannical boss, Riva (Dustin Hoffman, in a strange, somewhat esoteric role for someone of his caliber), insists that he "play his hits" (per a Rolling Stones analogy he made earlier). With a heavy heart, Carl chooses to swallow shit and oblige the request. The result is, of course, a scathing review of Carl's chefly abilities. Wounded by the tirade, Carl seeks comfort from his current girlfriend, Molly (Scarlett Johnansson, also in a limiting role), the hostess at the restaurant, and his best friends and co-workers, Martin (John Leguizamo) and Tony (Bobby Cannvale). They all tell him to let it blow over, but the review magically ends up going viral on Twitter (what is it with the prevalence of Twitter in movies these days?).

Attempting to be more creative

Attempting to be more creative

Wanting to take action, Carl asks his son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), to help him set up a Twitter account to respond to Ramsey. Thinking he's sending him a direct message, Carl tweets, "You wouldn't know a good meal if it sat on your face asshole." This, too, goes viral and leads Carl to challenge Ramsey to eating another one of his meals. Unfortunately, Riva ends up forbidding him to do so, inciting Carl to walk out of the job, 

Wanting to take action, Carl asks his son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), to help him set up a Twitter account to respond to Ramsey. Thinking he's sending him a direct message, Carl tweets, "You wouldn't know a good meal if it sat on your face asshole." This, too, goes viral and leads Carl to challenge Ramsey to eating another one of his meals. Unfortunately, Riva ends up forbidding him to do so, inciting Carl to walk out of the job, 

With zero prospects and a lot of publicity, Carl gets advice from his ex-wife, Inez (Sofia Vergara), who continues to insist, as she always has, that he open up a food truck. It isn't until Carl goes to Miami (where he originally hails from) with her and their son and takes a bite out of an authentic Cuban sandwich that he finally feels inspired to do so. It's all very convenient. 

Naturally, Carl is able to secure some money for a food truck from Inez's ex-husband, Marvin (Robert Downey Jr., occupying yet another rando role for someone of his celebrity status) and of course he is able to unwittingly wrangle Martin to come to Miami so they can start an instant sensation of a business. The neatly bow-tie wrapped plot concludes with Ramsey offering him financial backing for his own restaurant and Carl remarrying Inez. It is, indeed, a far cry from the ambiguity of Favreau's opus, Swingers. But wait, now I'm starting to sound as snarky as Ramsey.