The Sandwich That Made a Man And a Movie Famous

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Chef Sean Elliott at work; Photo: Marsden Epworth

The Cuban sandwich, an object of new interest since release of Jon Favreau’s film, “Chef,” is, at heart, a grilled-cheese sandwich. A super-charged grilled- cheese sandwich.

Of course I am not talking about the nightmare grilled cheese concocted by those who figure Velveeta is cheese and Wonder Bread is bread and that Crisco substitutes for butter.


The Cuban sandwich is rich, complex, spicy and crisp. And it can, theoretically, along with a food truck and the Internet, catapult a disillusioned chef to stardom.

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