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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".

  • 1

    I Want to Share This With You

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    Carl Casper: "I get to touch people's lives with what I do and I love it and I want to share this with you."
    Carl has an intense amount of pride in his profession as a chef and wants his son, Percy, to feel that same level of awesomeness in his life as well.
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    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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  • 3

    It's Like Baby Powder

    Percy: "What are you doing?"
    Martin: "Dude, I'm putting a little cornstarch on my huevos, man. It's a little too humid down here."
    Percy: "Dad, wake up. Martin's putting cornstarch on his balls."
    Carl Casper: "Want some? It's like baby powder. It's nice, right?"
    Percy: "Nice"

    It gets quite hot in the food truck, especially in humid areas. No fear though, the chefs have a secret ingredient to keep the huevos comfortable.
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    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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