Cooper is the tasti­est dish

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - FILM BRIGIT GRANT


AS THE hottest dish in Hol­ly­wood, Bradley Cooper is def­i­nitely the right guy to play chef Adam Jones in John Wells’s Burnt. When I first in­ter­viewed the then young Marco Pierre White, he was a lot like Adam. Ar­ro­gant, shouty, in­gre­di­ent-ob­sessed with no ta­ble­side man­ner, he ter­ri­fied din­ers but be­guiled them with his ge­nius cook­ing. That’s Adam, or at least it was when he was a Miche­lin star in Paris, but then his self-de­struc­tive per­son­al­ity and pen­chant for Class A’s took over and he had to leave. But you can’t keep a top chef out of the kitchen and Adam has come to Lon­don to re­build his ca­reer and claim that elu­sive third Miche­lin star.

Given that he still has a Gor­don Ram­say-sized gob (the craggy chef is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) it’s amaz­ing that his old muck­ers and some new staff in­clud­ing po­ten­tial flame and sous chef (Si­enna Miller) are will­ing to stand at the stove with him — but Adam is played by Bradley and he looks great in his whites. Per­haps they think some much needed off-load­ing on a ther­a­pist (Emma Thomp­son) will stop him throw­ing plates and la­dles.

There is a side-plot or two, one of which in­volves Adam ow­ing money to thug­gish French deal­ers who have come to the cap­i­tal to track him down.

Ev­i­dently, Burnt was Cooper’s pas­sion project and he now has enough Os­car nom­i­na­tions to make such pas­sions come true.

It cer­tainly sounds as though the cast who started out as cook­ery novices knew their onions by the time Wells wrapped, al­beit that the dishes on screen were pre­pared by Mar­cus Ware­ing. Most crit­ics have not been too kind about Burnt, which they feel is past its sell-by date as we are force-fed cook­ery in a mil­lion dif­fer­ent guises on TV ev­ery day. There have also been some very warm and com­fort­ing food films, such as Big Night (Stan­ley Tucci at his best) and Jon Favreau’s Chef, which take some beat­ing. But does every­thing have to be a con­test? I’ll ad­mit it’s a bit twodi­men­sional and the di­a­logue is more fa­mil­iar than it should be, but per­son­ally I’d watch Bradley Cooper make din­ner ev­ery night of the week. I just wish it was in my kitchen.

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