30 June 2014

Jon Favreau is back in the writer/ actor /director chair with Chef, his latest concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from close friends such as Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara. Inspired by foodie gems like Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Big Night, and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Favreau has made a shaggy dog story about a creatively frustrated chef who opens a food truck after losing his restaurant job. He hits the road with his sous chef (John Leguizamo, at his grooviest) and his 11-year-old son (charming newcomer Emjay Anthony), making beautifully-filmed pit stops in foodie meccas New Orleans and Austin.

The soundtrack with a song selection by KCRW’s own Mathieu Schreyer perfectly mirrors the road trip. Each town has it food and its unique sound. Salsa-infused Miami (Que Se Sepa, Homenaje A Beny More), the unmistakable Brass Band groove in New Orleans (Bustin Loose, Sexual Healing), cowboy music from Austin (Gary Clark Jr.) and a hip-hop potluck in Los Angeles (C.R.E.A.M, West Coast Poplock).


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