Slight but strangely sat­is­fy­ing

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THIS breezy, pleas­ing light com­edy from France stars de­pend­able vet­eran Jean Reno ( Leon: The Pro­fes­sional) as a master cook strug­gling to main­tain his restau­rant’s high rat­ing in a pres­ti­gious food guide.

Lit­tle does Reno’s char­ac­ter Alexan­dre know that ex­ter­nal forces are hell- bent on driv­ing down the good name of his eatery.

With a new brand of cuisine likened to ‘‘ chem­i­cal cook­ing’’ tak­ing France by storm, Alexan­dre’s menu is con­sid­ered too old- fash­ioned by his fi­nan­cial back­ers.

With only one chance left to save his busi­ness, Alexan­dre puts his faith in Jacky ( Michael Youn) – a tal­ented but mer­cu­rial chef who strug­gles to hold down jobs in the fast- food sec­tor.

Alexan­dre, on the other hand, is at times like a Gal­lic Gor­don Ram­say in tem­per­a­ment, though never as a lin­guist.

There is a ge­nial comic spark at work be­tween Reno and Youn that rises above the pre­dictable schematics driv­ing this tale.

Some corny sub- plot­ting is the only downer when it comes to as­sess­ing Le

Chef. Other than that it pro­vides an up­beat time guar­an­teed to please those of a foodie in­cli­na­tion.

A slight, but sat­is­fy­ing meal.

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