Six Things From Chef That Would Never Happen in Real Life
Chef is a movie about restaurants and food trucks written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also plays the protagonist chef Carl Casper. He worked to accurately portray chefs' lives via little details: His character has multiple forearm tattoos, wears a bandana, and lives in a messy apartment with a ridiculously nice kitchen. You can thank Roy Choi for the minutiae; he was a co-producer and consultant on the movie. But there are still plenty of things that happen in Chef that would never happen in real life, aside from the fact that it's extremely unlikely Favreau would be able to attract Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson as love interests just by making some kick ass carne asada. Here are the top six things the movie got wrong.
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6. The restaurant serves the same exact meal to a critic twice, and the team knew he was coming in both times.
Having Oliver Platt, brother of actual New York restaurant critic Adam Platt, star as Los Angeles' most popular food blogger, Ramsey Michel, was a stroke of genius by the casting department. Perhaps Favreau should have consulted Adam, though, before writing the scene in which the kitchen serves the food blogger the same exact meal that he viciously berated in a review only a few days before. It's hard to believe that a restaurant would invite a critic back in for a second chance only to drop the ball; it's even harder to believe that the critic would actually agree to re-taste the dish.
5. The food truck has a permit ready to go in a matter of days.
Once Favreau's life blows up over his Twitter jabs and dining room meltdown over the critic's bad review, he gives up fine dining and picks up a food truck, which is magically ready to operate everywhere in the country almost instantaneously. We'll give Favreau his artistic license here: In the real world, the amount of time it takes to file for and receive a permit to operate a food truck in multiple states would pretty much kill the rhythm of the film entirely.
4. There's a 10 year old working the line.
Fun fact from the U.S. Department of Labor: "Children under 14 years of age may not be employed in non-agricultural occupations covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including food service establishments." That 10-year-old worked the (incredibly hot and probably extremely dangerous) line like a champ, though, and he refused to back down, even after burning his finger on a hot press.