One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Cameron Yates’ Chef Flynn. As someone that knows next to nothing about chefs, cooking, and food, I went into the screening knowing only the very basics: the documentary was about a kid (Flynn McGarry) that was known as the “Justin Bieber of food” and that he got into cooking at a young age and became very well known. As his notoriety grew, he was profiled by the New York Times Magazine at 15 and started staging at top restaurants in Los Angeles and New York.
What I didn’t know was Flynn’s mom, Megan, was a filmmaker, and throughout his life was constantly filming her son and his friends as they put on dinners for numerous guests in their home. As she continued filming, she was able to capture Flynn’s growth as a chef, as well as his transition from being a kid to an older teenager and all that comes with it. Armed with this abundance of home movies as well as capturing tons of additional footage watching Flynn and his family, Yates and producer Laura Coxson have weaved together a cool behind-the-scenes look at Flynn and how child prodigy’s are treated in our society.
Armed with this abundance of home movies as well as capturing tons of additional footage watching Flynn and his family, Yates and producer Laura Coxson have weaved together a cool behind-the-scenes look at Flynn and how child prodigy’s are treated in our society.
As Matt Goldberg said in his review (which you can read here):
In its best moments, Chef Flynn is like a real-life Ratatouille, showing an unlikely chef excelling at his profession due to his passion and creativity. But the heart of the movie is a parent who wants the best for her child even if she’s not exactly sure how to help him reach the top of the culinary world.
Shortly after seeing the film Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry, producer Laura Coxson and director Cameron Yates came into the Collider Studio at Sundance. They talked about how the documentary happened, how Meg moved from being a filmmaker to a documentary subject, if Flynn’s favorite movie is Ratatouille, if there was anything Flynn was uncomfortable including in the documentary, the challenge of navigating a kitchen with cameras, the editing process and more. In addition, with Flynn living in NYC, I asked him his favorite places to eat, what place has the best pizza, and the status of his upcoming restaurant.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about and the official synopsis.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone at Kia and The Future Party for helping to make these interviews happen at the Kia Supper Suite and offering up transportation in the all new Kia Stinger high performance Sportback for our guests. We’d also like to thank Altec Lansing, Kunde Wines, Blue Moon Brewing, and Topo Chico for their support.
Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry, Laura Coxson and Cameron Yates:
- How did the documentary come about?
- Talk about the access to home movie footage and how Meg moved from being a filmmaker to a documentary subject.
- The process of going through all the home movie footage and deciding what to put in the documentary.
- Is Flynn’s favorite movie Ratatouille?
- Flynn talks about being used to being filmed since he was a kid.
- Was there anything he was uncomfortable including in the documentary?
- Did they make them cut anything out? Talk about the profanity.
- Talk about navigating a kitchen with cameras.
- The editing process.
- What’s Flynn’s favorite New York pizza place?
- Talk about favorite places to eat in NYC.
- Flynn talks about opening a permanent spot in the next month and his plans for the future.