‘Burnt,’ With Bradley Cooper as a Chef Fresh From Rehab

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d’ (Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star.  A chef who loses his highly rated restaurant in France tries to mount a comeback in London by re-assembling his team. The film might have felt fresh and invigorating in, say, 1996. That’s when “Big Night,” a much-admired foodie movie, was released. In recent years, though, mercurial chefs, photogenic plates of grub and kitchen dramatics have been everywhere, especially reality television, both lowbrow and high-end. The food-as-art world has become a bit tiresome, except to those who live in it or can afford to eat this stuff five nights a week.

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