By Christopher Rosen
Updated September 02, 2016 at 04:04 PM EDT
Merrick Morton

Two years after the release of Chef, director and star Jon Favreau says the film is still affecting his life.

During a Q&A with Quora, Favreau was asked if making the indie comedy, about a high-profile chef (Favreau) who hits rock bottom after a bad review and reconnects with what made him love cooking to begin with, changed his “outlook on the restaurant industry or food itself.”

“I have gained an appreciation for the food industry,” Favreau said. “The hours are long and the work is hard. Anyone going into this line of work must have passion to struggle through the many challenges they must face in the long road to being a Chef. I tried to capture this passion in the movie. Roy [Choi, who trained Favreau for the film] was there every step of the way and was not afraid to call B.S. if it didn’t ring true. He was a tough critic but I was grateful that he cared so much.”

Favreau added that the skills he learned on the film continue to have relevance to his everyday life now. “I miss this period of my life and continue to cook and learn,” he added. “I love cooking with family and friends and even getting to know people through cooking. I love feeding people and the connection it brings. This all came from my experience on the film. I am looking for opportunities to continue exploring this world and working with Roy.”

Read Favreau’s answer over at Quora.