Dinner and a movie with Top Chef’s Tom and Gail

Monday night my friend Jaime, my roommate and I went to Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel for an advanced screening of the new movie Chef.

The movie is about Chef Carl Casper, a gourmet chef at a prominent LA restaurant who quits his job after refusing to compromise his creativity to please his boss. Starting up a food truck Chef Casper hopes to showcase his passion and style of cooking while piecing back together his broken family.

Jon Favreau wrote, produced, directed and starred in this heartwarming movie that features an all-star cast including John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Vergara.

The film debuted at SXSW in Austin, TX back in March getting great reviews with many saying it was the first movie that actually portrayed the life of a chef the most accurately. No surprise since Favreau worked directly with LA chef and food truck owner Roy Choi of the Kogi Truck. Not only did he study how to cook, he studied the lives of all of the chef’s he worked and small details such as typical places they get burned while cooking, types of tattoos they had, and their demeanor in the kitchen.


I had never been to the Revere Hotel before and I loved this funky statue they had in the lobby. Everything was really clean and I liked the decor – if I didn’t live in Boston I would definitely look into this hotel as an option to stay at. It is so close to Back Bay it is an easy walk on a nice day.

I also need to check out their roof deck one night after work. Cocktails, cabanas, and a great view sounds like the perfect spot on a warm night.

I am not into going to clubs but if you are check out Emerald Lounge, the night club located within the Revere Hotel.


When the lobby doors opened we were treated to complimentary beer, wine and cocktails from Food & Wine magazine. 


When we entered the theater there was a whole table with movie snacks including popcorn, assorted candy bags and Twizzlers.


Dinner was prepared by Chef Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother in Cambridge, MA. We were served Cubano’s with a side of cuban black beans.

Cubano’s related directly to the movie so it was a very fitting and tasty choice! These were traditional cubanos made with ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.

I haven’t been to Hungry Mother yet but it is on my list and I definitely want to check it out soon after getting to try some of Chef Barry’s food.



And then came the highlight of the night.

We were sitting in our seats and my roommate spotted Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons – the judges of Bravo‘s hit TV series Top Chef, one of my favorite shows. The 12th season is currently filming in Boston.

Needless to say, we FREAKED out.

Along with being judges on Top ChefGail is the Special Projects Manager at Food & Wine and Tom is the chef/owner of the Craft Restaurants.

We approached them to say hi and tell them what big fans were were. They were so nice and friendly and even chatted with us a little about their filming in Boston. They even let us take a picture with them before the movie started.

This one is getting framed and hung up in the house!!


Before the movie started a special taped messaged from Jon Favreau was played for the audience. He told us a little bit about his experience writing and preparing for this film.

Chef the movie was wonderful! I will definitely be watching it for a second time. If you are a foodie like me I think you will really enjoy it as well.

After the movie we were treated to warm churros and chocolate sauce. Churros are one of my favorite desserts and Chef Barry Maiden‘s are some of the best I’ve had! I was thrilled when he was standing next to the table and I was able to tell him him person how great everything was.



This night is going on the list of one of the best of 2014 – maybe even ever!

Have you gotten to see Chef yet?

If not, check it out and let me know if you liked it!

Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116


Hungry Mother
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02141


2 thoughts on “Dinner and a movie with Top Chef’s Tom and Gail

  1. Now granted, I’m typically pretty jaded when it comes to celebrity sightings, but I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited to meet two people in my entire life. “Freaked out” is an understatement. I’m glad I tried the cubano and black beans beforehand- because everything ATG (after Tom & Gail- i.e how I will now refer to time) was a blur!

    Let’s get serious, it’s time for a Hungry Mother visit and post!


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