“Chef” Movie: 3 PR Lessons And A Lie Wrapped in a Chef’s Coat

Below is a guest post I wrote for the PRSA Young Professionals blog on “Chef” and the public relations industry. The film resonated with me on many levels. Not only from the PR perspective, but also many other facets of my identity– writer, food editor, travel lover, budding entrepreneur… and most of all, foodie adventurer. I wouldn’t willingly watch many movies over and over, but I’d definitely watch “Chef” again!

I hope you get to see (or have seen) this movie, and that you enjoy(ed)  it as much as I did!

 

Young Professionals of PRSA LA

Chef-2014-Movie-Poster1-650x955by Tanaya Ghosh

While watching the much-lauded film, “Chef,” I noticed that a lot of things actually made sense about the film. Not just the accuracy of the culinary scenes (which, too, were spot-on), but also a few aspects related to public relations. Being a PR strategist but also having worked on the journalism side, I found myself cheering the film on for some very important points it successfully illustrated. My hope is that this will help those not in our industry to better understand a few things about our work as well.

Not to fear, I won’t give away any critical parts of the movie. “Chef” is not strictly for foodies, because the human element of the film also resonates strongly. But seeing as we are PR folks who view the world through our uniquely strategic lenses, here are the 3 ways “Chef” draws attention to some important PR truths:

1. The Dangers, Benefits and Viral…

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