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JON FAVREAU (Director) began his career as an actor in the inspiring sports film "Rudy." He went on to establish himself as a writer with the acclaimed hipster comedy "Swingers." Since then, he has continued to challenge himself as a filmmaker with an eclectic variety of projects.

In "The Chef Show," actor/director Favreau and award-winning chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film "Chef" to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary worlds. From sharing a meal with the "Avengers" cast in Atlanta, to smoking brisket in Texas with world-renowned pitmaster Aaron Franklin, to honoring the legendary food critic Jonathan Gold in Los Angeles-Favreau and Choi embrace their passion for food, but more importantly their love for bringing people together over a delicious meal. "The Chef Show" is executive produced and directed by Favreau. Choi and Annie Johnson also serve as executive producers.

Favreau executive produced and wrote the live-action "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian" for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform, Disney+. Favreau is no stranger to the "Star Wars" galaxy, having played roles in both the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series and in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Favreau is teaming up with the producers of "Planet Earth," executive producer Mike Gunton, director Nick Lyon and BBC Studios' Natural History Unit to produce the documentary series "Prehistoric Planet," using groundbreaking CGI to take the audience back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth 68 million years ago.

As an integral part of the formation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau directed the blockbuster hits "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2," which grossed a combined $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. He served as executive producer on "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which grossed a combined $2.9 billion worldwide. He served as executive producer on 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" and 2019's "Avengers: Endgame." Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau portrays Happy Hogan, a character who appears in the "Iron Man" movies and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as security head and personal chauffeur to Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.). Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogan in Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

Favreau directed and produced the 2016 adaptation of Disney's "The Jungle Book," which garnered widespread commendation as a marvel of technology-driven cinematic storytelling that honored the original 1967 animated classic. Among the epic adventure's many accolades, Favreau's team won an Oscar and a BAFTA Award for best achievement in visual effects, five VES Awards, and an Annie Award for outstanding achievement in character animation in a live-action production. The film featured the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken, with newcomer Neel Sethi starring as Mowgli, the film's only human character. "The Jungle Book" was a global blockbuster, earning $965.8 million worldwide.

Favreau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 2014 indie hit "Chef," which also starred Sofia Vergara, Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey Jr. Among its accolades, "Chef" was honored with the Tribeca Audience Award for best narrative film.

In 2011, Favreau directed and produced "Cowboys & Aliens," starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Before directing the first two installments of the "Iron Man" franchise, Favreau directed "Zathura: A Space Adventure," a children's film starring Tim Robbins, for Radar Pictures and Sony Entertainment. In 2003, Favreau directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit "Elf," starring Will Ferrell, for New Line Cinema. Favreau made his feature-film directorial debut with 2001's "Made," which he wrote and starred in opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean Combs.

In front of the camera, Favreau was seen in "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Identity Thief" and "People Like Us." His other film credits as an actor include "Couples Retreat," "I Love You, Man," "Four Christmases," "The Break-Up," "Wimbledon," "Something's Gotta Give," "Daredevil," "Love & Sex," "The Replacements," "Very Bad Things" and "Deep Impact." He also portrayed legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the MGM biopic "Rocky Marciano."

Favreau's television credits include "Seinfeld," a recurring role on "Friends" and a special appearance on HBO's "The Sopranos," playing himself. Favreau added the title of showrunner to his multi-hyphenate list of credits as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series "Dinner for Five." He also directed the pilots for "Young Sheldon" and "The Orville."

Among his honors, Favreau received the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th annual VES Awards in 2018. In 2016, he was inducted into Variety's Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame, recognizing his role as a creative trailblazer and innovator in the world of content creation. Favreau went on to create the "Gnomes & Goblins" virtual reality experience with Wevr and Reality One that same year.

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