Takeaways: The Chef Show

takeaway (noun): a key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting

Throughout the show, we can see that both Jon Favreau and Roy Choi are continuously learning from other cooks about techniques that they’ve learnt and practiced, which is nice rather than having a singular Mr (or Ms) Know-It-All throughout the series.

Jon said something similar in the beignet episode, and it feels assuring that even someone who’s accomplished much in his career would admit that a mistake was done, and then shared the experience with others. No room for ego if we want to grow!

“Chef” is a film released in 2014, directed and starring Jon Favreau, accompanied by stars such as John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, and many more. The spin-off cooking show from the film, “The Chef Show”, premiered on June 7th, 2019 on Netflix and it is honestly the nicest, most inspirational show I’ve watched recently, and it had gotten me out of the rut. There’s just something about it that is so “human” and it warms my heart to watch ambitious people pursuing their dreams. But that didn’t stop there. It reminds people that if you want to make something work, you need to collaborate.

From the get-go, we’re introduced to Jon Favreau and Roy Choi, who are the hosts to the entire show. They visited different places and restaurants, they visited friends at their homes, and they shared their experiences about food, their careers, their struggles, and they could either be the greatest actors to fake sincerity, or they are just honest about it all.

I’d like to think that it’s the latter with these guys.

Cooking shows in the 2010s can get pretty weird. I mean, there are the competitive kind, and there are the talk-show style cooking shows where the audience would applaud the celebrity chefs at every possible opportunity (either when someone is slicing tomatoes in half or bringing out a pre-made cake from the oven). Then there are the more conventional types of cooking shows where one person is just moving about in the kitchen and doing all the narration, like shows by Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsey. Travelogue-style cooking/eating shows are still a thing (RIP Anthony Bourdain). And then, when it comes to “real” cooking, they always end up looking like a documentary series or a feature that explains cooking in regard to a different subject, such as a person or an event. Take Sophie Dahl’s “The Marvellous Mrs Beeton”. I loved this one, but unfortunately it was only a one-off show. I guess “The Chef Show” is one of these types of cooking shows, too. But instead of focusing on one person or historical period, it shows the real life and times of the people appearing on the show; People you can still relate to.

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