Jon Favreau Wants to Invite You Back to Dinner For ‘Chef’


Jon Favreau seems to be the type of guy who’s pretty into food. No, that wasn’t a fat joke—he who lives in glass houses and whatnot—it’s just an observation coming after he hosted a talk show called Dinner For Five that was based on a crew of interesting people gathering around a table full of food, and now he’s reportedly taking a break from making wildly profitable (when not involving cowboys *and* aliens) blockbuster tentpole pictures in order to put together a little independent project that will see him doing a lot of cooking.

The project, according to a scoop that came out of Variety, will see Favreau writing, directing, and starring in a film called Chef, which is said to be a comedy about an emotional chef who runs a Los Angeles-based restaurant.

That’s not the end of the scoops involving this film though. Sometime after Variety’s initial breaking of the news, THR took the story and ran with it, coming up with the additional info that Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is also already officially attached to act in the film, and that Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale and Regarding Henry’s (look it up) John Leguizamo seem to be circling roles as well. Reportedly, Vergara is playing the Chef’s ex-wife, Cannavale is being looked at to play his sous chef, and there’s yet to be any word on what role Leguizamo is being considered for, but given the fact that most of his schtick revolves around being Latino and this is a movie set in a restaurant, you can probably go ahead and start making racist jokes now.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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