As Chef gets ready to roll in hundreds of theaters this weekend, we wanted to supply a warning: No one should go see F&W’s new favorite movie hungry or without a major snack supply. The food looks ridiculously good, and if its star, Jon Favreau, ever decides to stop being an actor/director/producer, I would suggest he set up shop behind a stove because he could be an F&W Best New Chef in real life (he plays one in the film). For example, there’s the cubano sandwiches, which are even more delicious than they look on screen: I know, because we ran the recipe in the May issue of the magazine.
But there’s another dish in the film that’s equally compelling: It’s a lusciously oily, garlicky pasta that Jon Favreau (Casper, in the film) makes for Scarlett Johansson (Molly) during a key seduction scene. Roy Choi, the Kogi BBQ mastermind, created all of the film’s recipes, and the pasta is one of them. Choi makes the dish (which he calls “transcendence through a handful of humble ingredients”) every Sunday night at home, and Favreau asked for it specifically for the film so Casper could impress Molly. “He knew it would get her where he wanted her,” says Choi.
CHEF’s Pasta Aglio e Olio (with Garlic and Oil)