Los Angeles Chefs Go to the Movies

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Sam (Emma Watson) helps Charlie (Logan Lerman) rise above wallflower status in Brandon Boudet's most recent movie.

At LA Weekly’s Plate event at the Petersen Auto Museum on March 3, I asked nine participating chefs one question: What was the last movie you saw in a theatre, and how did you like it? See their answers below.

Brandon Boudet (101 Coffee Shop, Dominick’s, Little Dom’s, Tom Bergin’s)

It was The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the reason I loved it is that I grew up in the ’80s and it was definitely a movie I totally could relate to. The soundtrack was awesome, and I was always into the scene back in the day. My girlfriend, she grew up in Sweden. She didn’t get the movie at all.


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Gilberto Centina, Jr. watches children’s movies with his daughter whenever possible.


Gilberto Cetina, Jr. (Chichen Itza)

The last movie I saw in a theatre was [Rise of] The Guardians, a children’s movie, because I have a seven-year-old daughter, and any free time I have at all, I’m spending with her…It was actually quite entertaining. It was a good movie.

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Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu both indulged in spectacular movies.


Jaime Martin del Campo + Ramiro Arvizu (La Casita Mexicana)

Arvizu: The last movie I saw is Snow White, and I think it’s a fantastic movie. I enjoyed the special effects and the actress was amazing.

Martin del Campo: I loved Cirque du Soleil 3D. It was amazing to go there. Because my nephews doesn’t speak English, I picked that movie, and they enjoyed it very much. Going to the movie, you feel like you’re part of the action.

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Thi Tran enjoyed a clever animated movie based on ’80s video games.


Thi Tran (Starry Kitchen)

Wreck It Ralph. I love it. It was funny, and it was fun. Love it!

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Chris Phelps chose a thrill ride for his most recent watch.


Chris Phelps (Salt’s Cure + Storefront)

I saw the new Die Hard movie, and it was a roller coaster ride.

Miles Thompson (Allumette)

Blue Velvet. I actually saw it at the ArcLight, and I liked it a lot. It was the first time I saw it. Very strange, very good.

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Jason Travi is a big Wes Anderson fan, but his latest film didn’t meet his expectations.


Jason Travi (littlefork)

Honestly, the only thing I can think of is the last Batman movie, and I loved it. And I know I’ve seen a movie since then, and I can’t remember, for the life of me, what it was… Oh, Moonrise Kingdom was the last movie I saw in a theatre. I enjoyed it, but I like Wes Anderson way too much, and I think it should have been better.

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Sang Yoon’s latest movie was rooted in reality and haunted him.


Sang Yoon (Father’s Office + Lukshon)

Zero Dark Thirty. It was kind of haunting. You know what really happened, and you’re not supposed to see what happened. It lets your imagination run. Was it really like that? It just kind of scared you a little bit.

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Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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