Roy Choi is an F&W Best New Chef; Jon Favreau plays one in the new movie Chef. Here, they team up to make sensational Cuban food.
Jon Favreau stands over a slab of pork butt like he owns it. Roy Choi, the founder of the Kogi food-truck empire, is at his side. They are in the kitchen at Los Angeles's Sunny Spot, one of Choi's four restaurants, and it's time to apply the garlicky marinade to the meat. First, Favreau reaches for a paring knife, one that he's brought from home. "Make the scores," Choi orders. "How deep, chef?" Favreau asks, serious and eager, sturdy on the line in his clogs. "Quarter-inch," says Choi, adjusting his baseball cap. "How far apart?" "About an inch."
Favreau tenderizes the pork with his hands. "Massage it even stronger, Jon," says Choi. "Like you'd massage octopus?" Favreau asks. "Exactly," says Choi. "Just like an octopus."