Roy Choi is still, more or less, the man. We may be suspicious that he’s lost a few marbles but he is still the man. He’s redefined how a lot of America eats and has a lot of great establishments. Thus, yesterday when Nowness released a quick documentary with Roy, our ears perked up to touch the ceiling.
The film was made by Alison Chernick who always makes some fantastic bite sized documentaries. Chernick follows around Roy for some time in what appears to be a pretty intimate way: she’s with him in the kitchen, with him driving around town, with him selling food–she went everywhere! What’s most fascinating about this is the look at his kitchen prep. Obviously, he is a culture fusing master. But, you get to see how he piles all these ingredients on top of each other like he is prepping kimchi and how he tosses things together in a wok. Fascinating!
Another thing about Roy in the video is that he comes across as this zen demigod. We’ve seen Roy in person a few times and he usually seems to lurk around smoking lots of cigarettes, which isn’t very godly. Here, he is so approachable and nice. It’s weird and he gets very hippie dippy about his practice in the video. I mean, for crying out loud: at one point he says, “I talk to animals all the time.” Oooookay. It is apparent that he still isn’t eating meat and, hey, maybe that is why he is so zen now. Maybe he gave up smoking, too. Who knows!
Take a look at the video below, food nerds. Prepare to salivate and, at the animal line, giggle a bit.