Tired of superheroes, the writer/director whipped up Chef, a delicious dish about food as art
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May 9 With Swingers and Made, Jon Favreau built his reputation as an indie filmmaker who could tell a small story with humor and heart. But it turned out he also had a talent for directing big-budget fare, first with Elf and then the Iron Man franchise. But by the time he wrapped Iron Man 2 and 2011′s Cowboys & Aliens, he was ready for a break–a big one. He went into talks to direct Iron Man 3 but couldn’t imagine putting himself through another multiyear production process, balancing the demands of studios, producers and stars.
Instead, Favreau wrote Chef, a charming metaphor of a movie about a culinary whiz who gets bored cooking dishes he dreamed up years ago for a restaurant owner who won’t let him innovate.