Le Chef

The restaurant world has noshortage of drama, with chefs embroiled in legal battles with their restaurantbackers over the right to use their celebrity names once the

Le Chef
Le Chef

The restaurant world has no shortage of drama, with chefs embroiled in legal battles with their restaurant backers over the right to use their celebrity names once the two sides part ways over control of the kitchen. It is a wonder that such pairings could ever produce mouthwatering delights in the first place. Daniel Cohen’s Le Chef takes a lighthearted look at the scene. Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is a respected veteran chef, secure in his position until a falling-out with his restaurant group’s new CEO — lobbying for the restaurant to drop one of its star ratings in order to appeal to the masses — forces Lagarde to introduce a younger chef (Michaël Youn) with a background in molecular gastronomy, a trendier technique that might accomplish the same goal without sacrificing quality. If kitchen squabbles aren’t your thing, then at least sit back and enjoy the top-notch presentation of dishes that will have you racing out of the theater, on the hunt for comparable treats in the Cincinnati foodie scene. Now open at the Esquire. (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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