Le Chef

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    Michaël Youn in "Le Chef." Photo: Cohen Media


Le Chef


Saturday May 03 07:30 PM
Thursday May 08 01:00 PM
Wednesday May 14 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Daniel Cohen. 2013. France. 84 mins. French with English subtitles.

In this delectable comedy, a past-his-prime star chef, Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno), faces off against his restaurant's new CEO, who is determined to modernize and keep up with haute-cuisine trends at any cost. When the younger self-taught maverick chef Jacky Bonnot (thesp, singer, comedian and media personality Michaël Youn) enters the picture, after being canned from a series of menial cooking jobs, chef Largarde finds an unexpected ally. Together they find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. Le Chef is an hilarious journey through the intoxicating world of French haute cuisine in all its high drama and hijinks.

Official selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

See the trailer.

Opening night only, Le Chef screens with:
Mr. Hublot
Directed by Laurent Witz. 2014. France/Luxemborg. 11 mins.

A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world—where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet turns his life upside down. Winner: Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, 2014

Opening-night reception: May 3, 6-7:30pm • $40, $35 museum members* 
Enjoy haute cuisine–inspired food by chef Sean Priester, wine ,and entertainment. Le Chef and the Oscar-winning short film Mr. Hublot screen at 7:30pm 
(A limited number of tickets for only the screening will be available at the box office from 7:15pm onwards: $15, $12 museum members.)

Special guest: Eric Leterc, Executive Chef at The Pacific Club, will introduce Le Chef at 7:30pm on May 3.

Chef Sean Priester's Le Chef–inspired menu:
Manchego, cured ham and arugula “spaghetti”
Tomato, basil, mozzarella crostini, olive oil powder and balsamic pearls
Tea smoked duck a l’orange canapé
Spinach salad, Camembert, blackberry vinaigrette with bacon powder
Kale and quinoa with black currant and lemon-pepper pearls
Panna cotta with honey, berries and lilikoi “caviar”
Peanut butter and Nutella powders in chocolate tulips

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