TFAC opens film series with “Chef”

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“Chef,” the first of the 2016/2017 film series at Tryon Fine Arts Center will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

TFAC is very pleased to be partnering with the Tryon International Equestrian Center as the sponsor of the 2016-2017 Film Series.

Each of the restaurants at Tryon Resort will be featured during one evening of the TFAC film series, highlighting the pleasures of food and drink. On Oct. 4, the Italian cuisine of Campagna at Tryon Resort will be the ‘star’ for the evening.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Jon Favreau wrote, directed and plays the leading role in this independent film about a chef at a popular Los Angeles restaurant who, following an altercation with his boss and a rude critic, decides to become his own boss with a traveling food truck.

To create an authentic story, Favreau hired Roy Choi, a successful food truck chef as a consultant for the film, overseeing each of the dishes created for the film, and also worked in Choi’s kitchen crew after having trained in a culinary school. Choi also became the film’s co-producer.

Film Critic Roger Ebert recognizes the culinary authenticity in his review, as follows: “Carnivores, prepare to salivate. ‘Chef,’ an affable and affectionate celebration of food, friendship and familial love, may feature two of the most photogenic ladies in Hollywood but even such dishy visions as Sofia Vergara, using her indoor voice for once, and Scarlett Johansson, with boho bangs and hipster tattoos, can’t hope to compete with the sight of a sizzling slab of Texas-style brisket that’s been grilled to crusty blackened perfection.” 

“Chef” won the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award as well as the AARP Movies for Grownups award for Best Comedy. The cast also includes Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Emjay Anthony, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey, Jr.

The TFAC Box Office and the bar will be open at 6:30 for mingling and refreshments before the film begins. Admission is at the door.

The next film in this food-centered series, “What’s Cooking?” will be shown on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

– article submitted by Michelle Fleming