Binging With Babish has multiple episodes dedicated to recreating foods from the film. Andrew always plates string pasta with a carving fork a'la the film, and he got a tattoo on his arm of said fork. Jon Favreau and Roy Choi also appeared as guests in 2018 to make the lava cake.
This film was made because Jon Favreau was feeling overwhelmed by working on blockbuster films and dealing with Executive Meddling. He wanted to go back to his lower-budget roots where he could tell a story at his own leisure. The various big name actors in this film made appearances because they agreed with him.
Jon Favreau went to culinary school and worked in restaurant kitchens to prepare for this movie and the results show on screen.
Roy Choi, the man behind the Kogi Korean BBQ foodtrucks, was on set to make sure the restaurant and food truck scenes felt real and put together the various menus.
Carl is very much Jon Favreau as a chef: someone who worked hard to cultivate a creative reputation but finds himself stifled and his family life crumbling once he achieves mainstream success. He's able to rediscover his purpose and repair his relationships by throwing caution to the wind and going back to basics, with only himself to answer to.
Riva is the "Marvel Creative Committee" that made Favreau's life as a director difficult, forcing him to make compromises and make financially safe choices when he wants to experiment and take chances. Like with Carl's food at the beginning of the film, Iron Man 2 is clearly well made and polished but there are clear hints that the creator is capable of making something much more daring but was prevented from doing so.
Martin represents the cast and crew who continue to work with Jon Favreau even though he's no longer working on major blockbusters. For Martin, it's not about the money but being able to work on a passion project with someone he admires.
Tony represents the next generation of creatives who are entering mainstream consciousness (perhaps representing Shane Black). It's only when people like Carl step aside that others get a chance in the spotlight. Whether or not Tony will be satisfied with mainstream fare that is guaranteed to sell is yet to be seen.
Undermined by Reality: While the film depicts Carl staying apart from his old restaurant and going further into his indie career, Favreau ended up returning to Marvel and Disney, both acting and directing in many of their biggest features.
Japandering: In the early 2000s, the Chef appeared in several adverts marketing New Zealand butter.
The Other Darrin: Gustav, played by Ian McNeice in series 2 and Jeff Nuttall in series 3.