The culinary strengths of East and West go head-to-head in Raymond Yip’s cheerfully frivolous new comedy, when a high-end French restaurant opens on the same Hong Kong street as a traditional dai pai dong (open air food stall). Though celebrated in their respective fields, no-frills street cook Sky (Nicholas Tse) and Michelin-approved chef Paul (South Korean Jung Yong-hwa) just can’t seem to get along, so when they both qualify for a high-stakes competition in Macau, the stage is set for a definitive cook-off.
Sky has managed to find a meaningful teacher in Uncle Seven (Ge You), but remains haunted by the memory of his father (Anthony Wong), a celebrity chef now revered as the “God of Cookery”, who abandoned him at a young age for being a poor cook. Meanwhile, Paul harbors a shocking secret that could jeopardize his internationally celebrated career as a master of new culinary technologies.
Following a long tradition in Hong Kong cinema, the film’s cooking sequences are staged almost as martial arts bouts, choreographed with precision and dexterity that are as elegant as inevitably mouth-watering.
— South China Morning Post