R | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
Roy Choi only agreed to train Jon Favreau to cook, if Favreau promised to be absolutely authentic in his portrayal of a professional chef, from the way that his character Carl folds the towels at the beginning of the film, to the way in which he cleans his station. Choi also put Favreau to work in several of his kitchens doing repetitive, menial tasks, such as picking parsley. This training was designed to keep Favreau focused on the smallest of details, and to serve as a method acting exercise, in order to understand the mindset of a professional chef, who must be persistently detail-focused in a pressurized environment, which requires repetitive tasks.
Carl Casper: Yeah.
Percy: You got 1,653 followers since last night.
Carl Casper: Oh, is that good?
Percy: It's amazing.
Carl Casper: Oh, good. What does it mean?
Percy: It means that 1,653 people are reading your Twitter feed.
Carl Casper: Mmm-hmm. I thought it was like texting.
Percy: Did you post anything since last ...
Carl Casper: ...
When first leaving Florida in the food van, driving down the highway, the gear selector remains in "park" position.
Near the end of the credits, there is a brief scene of chef Roi Choi teaching Jon Favreau how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
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