Food for Thought


     A good friend messaged me a while back and said “Watch the movie CHEF.. It will change your life” …. Change my life, that’s a pretty bold statement, but I had to consider the source. First, this friend has known me for over 30 years. Second, this friend happens to be the man behind Screen Chat Podcast, and has watched more movies on the big and little screens in 2018 than I have in the last decade, and last but not least, this friend has been one of the inspirational and motivational reasons why I started this website and started blogging about my food adventure again.  So of course my interest is more than peaked, but as with most people, Life happens and those things we want to do (like watch a movie that was recommended to us) get pushed to the bottom of the daily to-do list.  So weeks later I’m out for coffee wit this same friend and he asks me if I have seen the film yet? I tell him no, and he says ” Just watch it, and text me when it’s over” So that weekend, the kids are all finally settled, I’ve just made my wife and I a nice bowl of comfort food for dinner and as we lounge back on the couch to eat it and I start scrolling through the channels, I decide tonight is the night and flip over to Netflix and put the movie on. 

      To say that I really enjoyed this movie would be an understatement.  One of my favorite types of films is when big budget Hollywood stars make smaller feel good movies, and this one knocks it right out of the park!! Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this film, and then you also have a terrific ensemble cast with names such as Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, and Oliver Platt, with cameo appearances by Russell Peters and Garry Shandling  and Chefs Aaron Franklin, and Roy Choi, and a wonderful job done by young Emjay Anthony who plays Jon Favreaus son in the film.

So the million dollar question, is did this movie “change my life”??? The answer is….. not yet… but it will. The movie hits home on so many levels that it has to effect you. From the boss that wants it his way or nothing at all, to the one customer / critic that you want to just blurt out everything that is running through your mind about what a complete a-hole they are, the wonders / dangers of social media, and finding a balance between doing the job that you love to provide for your family, but not losing site of the family that you are trying to provide for at the same time. Chef spoke to me not just because I like the world of food, but it spoke to me as a father, as a husband, a business professional and as a friend. It has definitely stirred something in my heart and in my soul, and I know that change is coming. I could go on and on about all of my favorite scenes and what each one meant to me, but really all that I should say is “Go watch Chef, I think it will change your life”

Thank you my friends for taking the time to read this. If you don’t already follow me on social media, find me on twitter and Instagram @awateats, and like my AWATEATS Facebook page as well, and keep an eye out for the change that CHEF has inspired in me 😊😊😊

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