Category Archives: Food

Le Chef Movie Review

Featuring: Jean Reno, Michael Youn, Julien Boisselier, Raphaëlle Agogué
Director: Daniel Cohen
Australian release date: June 14, 2012
Website: French website /English version
Review: rolanstein

Jacky (Michael Youn) is a food fanatic and self-taught cook aspiring to a career as a haute cuisine chef. He knows by heart a zillion recipes from his most revered celeb chefs and cookbooks, but this works against him. Whenever he cracks a gig at a restaurant he imposes his knowledge on seasoned kitchen pros and customers alike, and it is never long before he is shown the door. His pregnant wife (played by the gorgeous Raphaëlle Agogué) insists that he must find steady income and fast, so he settles for manual work at an aged care centre. Before long, however, he is neglecting his work and proselytising to the kitchen staff about improving their bland cuisine.

By happy accident, a famous Parisian chef, Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno), tastes one of Jacky’s soups, is impressed and offers him an unpaid internship at his acclaimed 3 star restaurant, ‘Cargo Lagarde’. Jacky is unable to resist such an offer, but avoids telling his wife. Not an easy deception to pull off, especially when he is obliged to join Alexandre on his TV cooking show. Oh what a tangled web we weave…! Continue reading Le Chef Movie Review

The Boomtown Rap Free-to-air TV Awards for 2011

I hereby announce a change of format to this year’s annual Boomtown Rap Awards. Traditionally served up in one big putrid pile, the Awards will this year be divided into 3 segments posted separately:

    1. The Free-to-air TV Awards
    2. The Movie Awards and
    3. The Boomtown Rap Bitchfest

The Awards are still random, organised only according to personal whimsy. Still skewed to my areas of personal interest, and seasoned with wry wit (it’s my ferkn blog so I can say that) and a liberal sprinkling of vitriol. Still unfair, undisciplined and uncouth. And doubtless, still unrecognised and largely unread. Que sera sera. Your faithful scribe labours on regardless. Continue reading The Boomtown Rap Free-to-air TV Awards for 2011

Perth Good Food and Wine Show 2011 – Review

I attended this year’s Good Food and Wine Show last Friday, the opening day. If you can get the time off, it’s a great day to go. The crowd was particularly slow to build this year, no doubt due to some dirty weather in the morning, but for those of us who showed up earlyish, it was great! No queuing for tastings, the stall folk were relaxed and available to chat at length about their produce, and the celeb cook shows all had plenty of tickets available. Continue reading Perth Good Food and Wine Show 2011 – Review