A once renowned Los Angeles chef, played by Jon Favreau, wants to innovate his menu to impress a food critic blogger (Oliver Platt), but is denied by his boss (Dustin Hoffman). A mediocre review leads him to lose the job, and he ends up on a road trip with sous chef John Leguizamo to buy a food truck in Miami and drive it cross country through cool places likes New Orleans and Austin. Magically he’s able to cook and sell his food in all these places and is only asked to show a permit in South Beach. No one asks him about his 9 year old son who is working as a line cook either, and whose mastery of social media, tweeting and Vining their journey, produces lines of eager customers.
They finally get back to LA, where Favreau having rediscovered his passion for innovation and perfection, gets back together with wife Sofia Vergara, and the Bel Air house she lives in. More good fortune ensues, deserved, though a little redolent of classic British fiction where a plucky orphan is discovered to have a legacy or a royal pedigree. Great music. Fans on Rotten Tomatoes are rating it around 89%.