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Five of the best food movies

Good food movies show that cooking not only feeds the body but also the soul

Published on Jun 11, 2014 11:34 AM

In the movie Chef, now showing in cinemas, writer, director and star Jon Favreau plays self-absorbed chef Carl Casper who has a spectacular meltdown in front of his boss (Dustin Hoffman), diners and a food blogger (Oliver Platt) over a bad review that guarantees he will never work in Los Angeles again.

Scenes of the actor making carne asada or grilled beef; Cubanos, a Cuban- style sandwich filled with roast pork, ham, cheese and pickles then griddled; and making the best-looking grilled cheese sandwich I have ever seen for his son, are like watching food porn.

None of this, as wonderful as it is to watch, would amount to a hill of beans if the cooking was not in the service of something greater.

In this feel-good, sometimes moving film, the chef gets his cooking mojo back, finds salvation and rekindles his relationship with his son by leaving his professional kitchen, salvaging a dilapidated food truck and finally cooking what he wants.

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