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Chef Movie Quotes

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Here are the best "Chef" movie quotes, telling the story of one professional chef who goes on a culinary journey to find himself and reunite his family. The comedy was written, co-produced and directed by Jon Favreau. After premiering at SXSW on March 7, 2014, "Chef" opened in the US on May 9, 2014.

In "Chef," Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is moderately happy working as an executive chef for a high end Los Angeles restaurant alongside Martin (John Leguizamo) and Tony (Bobby Cannavale). With an important food critic coming to the restaurant, Carl sees an opportunity to use his creativity and innovation to impress. Instead, restaurant owner Ravi (Dustin Hoffman) forces him to stick to the menu which leads to a quite poor review from the critic.

Following a Twitter war with the critic, Carl leaves his position at the restaurant in favor of opening a food truck where he can, once and for all, be creative genius behind the food. As he travels the country selling his signature dishes, he also works together to piece back his family including son Percy (Emjay Anthony) and ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara).

Vote for your favorite lines from "Chef" below, and be sure to check out other top quotes from movies like "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Movie Quotes," "Neighbors," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "The Other Woman," "Draft Day," and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

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  • 5. Cooking for Someone Else

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    Inez: "You're never going to be happy cooking for someone else."

    Carl's ex-wife Inez tries to point him in a better direction when he faces a crossroads in his life by noting that he won't ever be completely happy until he is working for himself, not anyone else.
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  • 6. You're Trending, Bro

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    Tony: "You gotta be kidding me."
    Martin: "Wow"
    Carl Casper: "You realize how many people have read this? I'm up to 2,000 followers since last night."
    Tony: "You're trending, bro."
    Carl Casper: "They're sending me messages. They're goading me into responding."
    Tony: "Don't do that."
    Martin: "Don't do it, man. Don't respond. You have to take the high road."
    Carl Casper: "I know but half the people are saying he's right."
    Tony: "But half the people are saying he's wrong."
    Martin: "That's right. Listen to him."
    Tony: "That's social media. You on Twitter?"
    Martin: "Yeah, I'm on Twitter."
    Tony: "What's your name?"
    Martin: "Little Marty, but all the people following me are people I don't even want to hang out with during the day, I avoid… Hey, hey, hey, hey, what are you doing? Don't do it. what are you writing?"
    Tony: "Chef, don't. That's not a good idea."
    Carl Casper: "I said, just listen, I won't send it until we all say it's okay. 'Why don't you come by again tonight? I've got a whole new menu just for you, asshole.'"
    Martin: "No, no!"
    Tony: "That's not good!"
    Martin: "Give me the phone! Give me the phone!"
    [Carl sends the tweet]
    Tony: "It's out there now, bro."
    Martin: "Why would you do that?"
    Tony: "You can't take that back."
    Carl Casper: "You know that? I threw down the gauntlet."
     
    Carl and the food critic get into quite the Twitter war after the critic posted a negative review of the restaurant. Despite urges from his staff to take the high road, Carl fires right back.
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  • 7. We're Going to Cook Like This

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    Martin: "This is madness, huh?"
    Carl Casper: "That's carne asada. Check it out."
    Tony: "Chef big dog up all night cooking"
    Martin: "Shut up and taste this, amuse douche. Come here… Look at that."
    Carl Casper: "You like it?"
    Tony and Martin (together): "Yeah"
    Carl Casper: "We're going to cook like this."

    Chef Carl comes up with a new carne asada recipe which he shares with his fellow chefs. It tastes good and leaves all of them with the pride that a chef feels when his or her creativity leads to something delicious.
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  • 8. A Food Truck's a Great Idea

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    Marvin: "A food truck's a great idea. We're talking about a white-on-white, '88 Chevy food truck. It's a blank canvas for your dreams. I'm going to have them pull it around."
    Carl Casper: "Thank you"
    Marvin: "Don't thank me until you see it."

    Marvin has a great idea to get Carl back on his feet: A food truck. While he's not yet seen this truck, Carl is excited.
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