CHEF returns to theaters nationwide on August 29th, 2014


CHEF, the critically acclaimed hit film written by, directed by, produced by and starring Jon Favreau, will return to theaters nationwide on August 29, 2014.  The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

CHEF has taken in nearly $30 million at the box office and has earned high praise from audiences, critics and top celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio.  CHEF was the opening night film at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it took home the Audience Award. CHEF was also the winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Members of the following film industry guilds and organizations will be able to use their official guild cards for free entrance to see CHEF when it returns to theaters nationwide beginning August 29, 2014:  AMPAS, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, HFPA, MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM and WGA.

Lauded by critics when it hit theaters in May 2014, Scott Bowles of USA Today called CHEF, “One of the most heartwarming of the year. You need not be a foodie to appreciate the film’s reverence for a good meal. More surprising than the great culinary scenes are the moments between father and son. Chef is meant to be enjoyed as a sit-down meal.” The Los Angeles Times said, “Favreau is flat-out terrific.”  Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers wrote, “Deliciously entertaining, touching and often bitingly true, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. It marks Favreau’s triumphant return to personal filmmaking. An artful surprise and an exuberant gift. It’s one from the heart. Foodies will salivate at the kitchen scenes, Jon Favreau makes these moments come vibrantly alive. All the actors are aces… it’s Favreau’s best screen performance to date; Dustin Hoffman is wonderful; Oliver Platt is superb; and Emjay Anthony is terrific. Like the best meal and the best movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.”

And Food & Wine magazine said, “Chef is our favorite food movie of the decade. Jon Favreau could easily be a Food & Wine Best New Chef!”

For the CHEF soundtrack, Jon Favreau and music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer concocted an eclectic mix of Latin beats, New Orleans grooves and West Coast hip-hop. The album is now available as a digital download, a CD including recipes by Chef Roy Choi (Co-Producer of CHEF), and a 180-gram Vinyl with poster insert designed and signed by Robert Downey Jr.

Written by, directed by, produced by and starring Jon Favreau – CHEF features an all-star cast including Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, Robert Downey Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony.  When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next.  Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love. Open Road Films and Aldamisa Entertainment present, in association with Kilburn Media and Fetisov Teterin Films, a Fairview Entertainment Production. Producers are Jon Favreau and Sergei Bespalov. Executive producers are Karen Gilchrist, Molly Allen, Mark C. Manuel, Ted O’Neal, Gleb Fetisov, Oleg Teterin, Marina Bespalov, James D. Brubaker, Jere Hausfater, Philip Elway, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, Craig Chapman, Boris Teterev, Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell. Co-Producer is Roy Choi. Director of Photography is Kramer Morgenthau.  Production design by Denise Pizzini.  Edited by Robert Leighton.  Mathieu Schreyer is Music Supervisor. Costumes designed by Laura Jean Shannon.




Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution and marketing company which annually releases a diverse slate of star-driven motion pictures which has included multiple #1 releases. It was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. Open Road and its lenders recently extended the company’s $100,000,000 credit facility through 2018.

Past releases include: The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film, The Grey starring Liam Neeson which opened #1 at the box office; End Of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña which opened #1 at the box office; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; and Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

Current and upcoming releases include: the hit film Chef written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; The Fluffy Movie, a comedy concert film featuring Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias;Nightcrawler (10/17/14), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton and directed by Dan Gilroy;Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart (11/7/14); The Gunman (2/20/15), starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba, directed by Pierre Morel; and Little Boy, an inspirational family film from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (2/27/15).


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