Slight but strangely satisfying
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.