But the main features and challenges of the artist’s existence are here: the strains on family, the temptations of security, the fear of critics and the need, every so often, to forget everything else and just fall in love with the work again.
This is the third feature film written and directed by Jon Favreau, who vaulted to fame with “Swingers” (1996) and followed that with “Made” (2001), another superior comedy. In recent years, Favreau has concentrated mainly on directing other people’s screenplays, including “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.”
But “Chef” is the best thing he has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It’s the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for.
Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle