Chef (2014) Poster



Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi sent Favreau to a week of intensive French culinary schooling, where Favreau sharpened his knife skills and learned how to make sauces. "I brought him into the kitchen, and he just kind of fit in," Choi recalls. "I threw him a couple tests, like a case of chives, or a case of onions, or peel two cases of avocados. Just to see where his mind and his situation and his abilities were and how interested he was in these things. He just attacked them. He really became a part of it."
Promotional events centering on the fictional Cubano-serving El Jefe proved so popular that Favreau and L.A.-based chef Roy Choi who consulted on the film, have opened a series of pop-up restaurants and announced that they are thinking about making the track permanent.
The short scene with Carl and Percy in the cinema features the audio from Iron Man's repulsor rays, as a nod to Jon Favreau's previous work with the Iron Man films.
Oliver Platt's brother is a prominent food critic in the New York metropolitan area and has invited Oliver on some of his restaurant visits.
Towards the end of the film, the El Jefe truck is seen at a nighttime food-truck event, along with many of L.A.'s most popular food trucks. This is an actual event in Venice called "First Fridays." For a brief moment, you can see Chef Roy Choi's Kogi truck, the food truck that started the whole gourmet-food-truck craze.
First non-Iron Man collaboration between Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau.
The video Percy watches on his iPad is Freddie Wong's Medal of Honor Cat. This is a tribute to Jon Favreau and RocketJump studio's previous partnership during the filming of Cowboys & Aliens (2011).
This is the second time Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlet Johansson all worked together on a project directed by Jon Favreau. The first was Iron Man 2, then they worked together again albeit without Jon Favreau as a director on Iron Man 3.
Second movie for Bobby Cannavale involving a food truck. The first being The Station Agent.
When Carl and Percy go to the cinema they are watching Iron Man. Jon Favreau both directed and starred in that movie also.
When Carl and Molly are talking outside the bar, Molly told Carl that he wasn't 'happy' and that she wants him to be 'happy'. A possible nod to Jon's character Happy in the Iron Man movie series.
When Carl is speaking with the publicist after he gets fired from his job, the publicist suggested that Carl should participate in the reality TV show, "Hell's Kitchen". This was a reference back to when Jon Favreau played the role of Foggy Nelson in the superhero film, Daredevil (2003). The setting of the film was named "Hell's Kitchen".
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Oliver Platt and Jon Leguizamo previously worked together on the 1997 movie, "Executive Decision".
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