Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama which was written, produced, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. It follows Carl Casper (Favreau), a professional chef who, after a public row with a food critic, quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant and returns to his home town of Miami to fix up a food truck, his long time wish.

The only food Carl, his friend and Carl’s son serve in El Jefe food truck is a Cubano sandwich.

Cubano sendwich from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano sendwich from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Do you want to know how to do it?

The recipe was provided by Roy Choi, the co-producer of the movie and a real life chef. Choi is also the founder of Kogi BBQ fleet of Korean taco trucks and owner of several L.A. restaurants.

How to make Cubanos

This is the recipe for 6 people. You’ll need

  • 6 thin slices baked ham
  • 12 large, thin slices Roy Choi’s Mojo Pork or other cooked roast pork
  • Melted butter, for brushing
  • Two large white baguettes, each cut in 3 pieces (about 6 inch/15 cm), split lengthwise
  • Yellow mustard, for brushing
  • 6 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 12 long thin slices dill pickles

Step by step guide

Put bread, ham and pork on a plate and cook until warmed and browned in spots. Transfer to plate.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Layer bottom of buns with pork and ham.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Add two slices of Swiss cheese and add two pickles.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Brush inside of bun tops with mustard and close sandwiches.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Generously butter outside of sandwiches and add butter to press. Place sandwich on press.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Cook until cheese melts and outsides are browned and crispy (app. 3 minutes).

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Cut in two or three pieces.

Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)
Cubano recipe from the movie Chef (2014, Open Road Films, screen capture)

Bon appétit!