Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? is a happy combination of the macabre and the merry. It’s a fast-moving, witty film, beautifully cast with a large group of international professionals who give full justice to Peter Stone’s adaptation of Nan and Ivan Lyons’ novel, Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe.
While George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset carry star billing and, indeed, provide the romantic and plot evolution, it is Robert Morley as a massive, dedicated gourmet, who provides the film’s finest moments.
The series of murders is made the responsibility of some of France and Italy’s most outstanding character actors. It’s touch and go who excels but Philippe Noiret underplays in a manner that gives him a slight edge over the more voluble Italians although Stefano Satta Flores’ unabashed description of how he’ll romance Bisset, given the opportunity, is Italian macho comedy at its finest.
The other endangered chef is Jean-Pierre Cassel, while Jean Rochefort is a red herring who’ll fool no one. These are the principal roles but Madge Ryan as Morley’s dedicated secretary is also a key figure.