Star Wars is my religion, but I don’t force it on other people. I understand if that world is not someone’s cup of tea. But one of my other favorite movies ever is 2014’s Chef from Jon Favreau. I do judge you if you haven’t seen that. It is a perfect story about how disheartening it is to be stifled, and how much your life can improve if you take a chance and do what makes you happy. Plus the “food porn” is incredible.
Chef was a one off (and some would say, a commentary on Favreau’s experience making Iron Man 2…), but nothing can stay self-contained in today’s entertainment world. However, I was still surprised when Netflix dropped the trailer for The Chef Show, which you can watch below.
In the trailer, you can see him dining with his Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. (who also has a fun cameo in Chef), Anthony and Joe Russo, and Tom Holland. The reason they’ve all been employed, i.e. Kevin Feige (!), is also at that dinner. Gwyneth Paltrow also appears in a different segment. Bill Burr, Andrew Rea, Evan Kleiman, Jazz Singsanong, Robert Rodriguez, David Chang, and Aaron Franklin also appear.
Roy Choi is a chef, who trained Favreau on how to cook during the movie. As stated in the trailer, Favreau had such a fun and intimate experience, he didn’t like when it ended. He likened it to being dumped. So this collaboration of two friends who enjoy food makes a lot of sense.
“During the production of Chef, I developed a much deeper understanding of the ways in which we express our emotions, share our cultures, and seek meaningful connections through the act of cooking and eating. I am so nostalgic about that time and those experiences — this series gives me the perfect opportunity to get back in the kitchen and create some new memories.”
Food is a human being’s most universal language. People who have nothing in common can still bond over a good meal. Chef Choi always wanted a cooking show, and explains why his partnership with Favreau is perfect.
“I’ve always wanted a straight up cooking show since I was a child. I grew up on Julia Child, Paul Prudhomme, Sara Moulton, and obviously Emeril’s first show had a huge impact on my life. There is something timeless and beautiful about cooking straight to camera. The only snafu was, I’m not a natural born entertainer so doing it alone was always out of the question! But then I met Jon and we built such an amazing friendship over the movie, Chef. We both kinda didn’t want it to end. And through this friendship I found my cooking soulmate and a child’s dream is now a reality. Julia and Jacques meet Jon and Roy!”
Favreau is a very busy man. He is the showrunner for The Mandalorian coming to Disney+ in November. He is putting the finishing touches on his hyper-realistic CGI version of The Lion King. He is also reprising his role as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Far From Home. How he found time to do The Chef Show is beyond me, but I am glad that he did. If the show finds even a sliver of the same spirit as the feature film had, it will be a delight to experience.
Go watch Chef (but do not do so on an empty stomach), and get ready for The Chef Show, which hits Netflix on June 7th.