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“Offers up an engaging underdog story with a uniquely Korean flavour that should be enjoyed by all viewers” – James Mudge, BEYONDHOLLYWOOD.COM
Director: Jeon Yun-su
Screenplay: Shin Dong-ik
Cast: Kim Kang-woo, Lee Ha-na, Lim Won-hie
Producers: Lee Sung-hoon
Distributor: Show East
A young, incredibly talented chef quits the profession after a contest to head a world-class restaurant ends in tragedy. Retiring to a small rural town with his grandfather, he finds a new and more peaceful existence, working as a farmer and selling vegetables at the local market. Even though content in his new life, when a nationwide cooking competition offers him the chance to take on his long-time rival, Seong-Chan embarks on a journey that will forever change his view of the world and lead him to the most startling revelations. Surrounding himself with a ragtag crew of misfits, each with his own poignant story to tell, he is soon in the media spotlight, facing stiff competition from the other contestants while dealing with his grandfather’s diminishing faculties and a long buried family secret. Seong-Chan can only struggle to overcome every adversity with a quiet dignity.
Based on a popular manga series that began in 2002, LE GRAND CHEF is a heart-warming tale about friendship, family and loyalty that will both bring a tear to your eye and have you rocking with laughter. The movie’s bright, pop-art colour scheme and the occasional use of split-screen reminds one of its origins and makes the movie a visual feast equal to its subject matter. There’s real chemistry between the actors—you would be hard pressed to find a more likable cast. The multiple subplots, rather than confusing and distracting from the main narrative, only serve to enrich the experience when the many storylines converge at the film’s climax. The cooking competitions depicted in the movie reveal the beauty and elegance of the art. Fantasia recommends that you do not eat prior to viewing LE GRAND CHEF—a fine meal after this movie will almost certainly be twice as enjoyable!