Cohen cooks up U.S. rights to ‘The Chef’

Berlin laffer stars Jean Reno as a chef under siege

Cohen Media Group has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the French culinary comedy “The Chef,” starring Jean Reno and directed by Daniel Cohen.

Gallic laffer, produced by Gaumont and co-produced by A Contra Corriente, was first presented in the Berlin Film Fest’s “culinary” category last month. Though Cohen has not yet set a domestic release date, pic has lined up a healthy number of international distribution deals, and Gaumont plans a March 2013 release in France.

Reno plays Alexandre Lagarde, a chef who locks horns with the restaurant ownership group’s new CEO, who plots to have the establishment lose a star for an excuse to bring in a younger chef with a molecular gastronomy sensibility. Youn plays an aficionado of haute cuisine and self-taught cook who aspires to wear the chef’s hat.

Deal was negotiated by Cohen exec veep Gary Rubin and Gaumont Intl.’s Cécile Gaget.

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