January 10, 2014

'Chef' shows Hollywood still hot for food truckers

It used to be reporters. Cops. Stockbrokers. Architects.


Dishing the news about the Sacramento area food scene

It used to be reporters. Cops. Stockbrokers. Architects.

But a new job has been taking a starring role in Hollywood in recent years. Food-truck operator.

Jason Segel operated his 9-1-Yum food truck in “The Five-Year Engagement” which co-starred Emily Blunt. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” featured two mobile gourmands – Anna Kendrick’s Rosie drove a truck called Cheezy Rider and Chase Crawford’s Marco manned The Great Big Pig. In “Think Like a Man,” Michael Ealy (star of Fox’s TV drama “Almost Human”) climbed behind the wheel of his own four-wheel eatery.

While none of those rom-coms broke big, there’s another vehicle warming up its engine. Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival recently announced that its opening night film will be the world premiere of “Chef,” a movie by Jon Favreau, the creative force behind ’90s neo-lounge, zeitgeist-grabber “Swingers.”

Favreau wrote, directed and stars “in the film about a chef who loses his restaurant job and tries to rebuild his life by opening a food truck. The cast includes Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.,” according to AP.

“Chef” will screen March 7 at the 10-day film, music and interactive festival. No word yet on when (and if) it could roll into a theater near you.

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