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Jon Favreau Gives Conan O'Brien a Dime Bag of Brisket

When you're a guest -- either at a party or on a talk show -- it's always nice to bring a gift.

Apparently, Jon Favreau got the etiquette memo, because when he stopped by Conan O'Brien's show to talk about his new movie Chef, he brought a dime bag...of brisket.

It seems that all that culinary training Favreau went through to make the film, in which he's a chef with Sofia Vergara as an ex-wife and Scarlett Johansson as his girlfriend, hit home. Now the actor/writer/director is a quadruple threat since he's a really good cook, too.

The actor, who went to culinary school to learn how to cook for the movie, is now installing a commercial kitchen in his home, saying, "it's a good mid-life crisis hobby."

Coco agreed -- especially when he said his midlife crisis purchase of Arabian horses didn't pan out so well. "They all ran away."

Favreau, who said the only way audiences would believe a man like him would land Vergara and Johansson was with his incredible food, said he was glad the film is doing so well -- and that it brought out his passion for cooking.

"I'm in my 40's. This is all I have left."

Maybe smoked meat (and a hit indie film) is all you need.

Watch Favreau present Andy RIchter and Conan with some smoked meat here:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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