Just what we love here at Fresh - a movie all about being in the kitchen. Hoyts and Fresh.co.nz want you to enjoy it too.
So congraulations to our movie pass winners for ‘Le Chef’. Eddie Thomas, Pamela Donaldson, Lea Bavister, Bridget Dawson and Rodney Stone.
Jacky Bonnot is an aficionado of haute cuisine. He is self-taught, very talented but stubborn. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter, the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant, ‘Cargo Lagarde’. Matter is plotting to have him lose one star in the next edition of the Guide, and therefore to replace him with a young “modern” chef who advocates a chemical, molecular cuisine which is more profitable for the food industry.
Matter begins by laying off members of Lagarde’s team, one by one. Worse yet, Lagarde has run out of ideas for future creations for his new menu which the Guide’s critics will soon be coming to taste and judge.
Alexandre is desperately looking for an assistant to help him manage the restaurant’s two daily sittings. Then one day, as luck would have it, he meets Jacky.
A self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions, Jacky (Michael Youn) gets canned from a series of menial cooking jobs for taking exception to his customers’ taste. Beatrice (Raphaelle Agogue), Jacky’s heavily pregnant girlfriend, tries to halt their financial meltdown by arranging a handyman position for him at an old folks home, but he can’t resist the siren call of the kitchen.
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno), chef and nominal proprietor of the three-star Cargo Lagarde, faces a crisis of a different sort. Stanislaw (Julien Boisselier), the interfering son of his retired business partner, wants him to cut costs and update the menu. Since he can fire Alexandre if the restaurant loses a star, Stanislaw tries to undermine him in every way possible, transferring his favourite sous-chefs and threatening his food suppliers.
Cast: Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code), Michael Youn
Directed by: Daniel Cohen
Run time: 84 mins
Film censorship: M Offensive Language
Trailer censorship: G
Genre: French Comedy(English Subtitles)
Country of origin: France
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