Adam Jones is an arrogant and self-absorbed chef played by Bradley Cooper in the new movie, BURNT.
BURNT tells the story of a talented chef who rose to the top at a young age and was awarded two Michelin stars. After losing everything, he decides to build back his culinary career and win the respect of his colleagues.
Deciding to move to London, he reconnects with old colleagues. The movie is part drama, part comedy. Some say it is more dark than they had expected; Cooper is definitely not the same as Jon Favreau’s Chef but they balanced the laughs with the low points quite nicely.
Besides arrogance, Cooper’s character is a tad psychotic. There’s even a scene in the movie where he loses control and smashes dishes because the food wasn’t perfect. I’m not a chef but if I was, I would be a bit insulted at that kind of portrayal.
There’s another scene in BURNT where Adam Jones schedules a meeting at Burger King. As he is chowing down on a burger, he proceeds to tell his dining companion that the food they cook is quite similar to what they do at Burger King, making cheap food appealing. Really? London fast food joints must be different than American ones.
BURNT is a fantastic movie for foodies, yet it isn’t so artsy, that you couldn’t bring non-foodie friends along and have them appreciate it as well. Besides the storyline, there’s an excellent supporting cast: Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller and The Americans Matthew Rhys. Plus, there’s no shortage of food porn in BURNT.