BY PETER SHEEHAN
LE CHEF (The Chef). Starring: Michael Youn, Jean Reno, and Raphaelle Agogue. Directed by Daniel Cohen. Rated M (Infrequent coarse language). 84min.
This delightful French comedy is about a chef, Jacky Bonnot (Michael Youn), who is extremely talented at what he wants to do, but unable to break into the restaurant scene.
He dreams of opening a famous French restaurant, but is unable to realise his ambition.
To make ends meet, he accepts routine and menial cooking jobs that never realise his talents, just to bring home some money.
They lead nowhere. But one day, Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno), is very impressed, and thinks that Bonnot is the man who will give him the inspiration he needs to revive his reputation.
It is sheer delight to see Bonnot delicately preparing fine, haut-cuisine food at a cooking class, attended by people who care mostly about steak, sausages and French fries. They want basic fare, while Bonnot is preparing small food sensations to instil in them the appreciation of fine food. Not surprisingly, Bonnot takes exception to their tastes, and is fired yet again.
Peter W. Sheehan is associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting.
Le Chef (Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting)