Can you name your favorite foodie movie scene?
- In Chef Carl Casper makes a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich with what looks like cheddar, gruyere, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses. It’s one of those simple outstanding genius sandwiches that don’t need a recipe–because any kind of cheese will do. That’s what a truly gifted chef possesses: the ability to create something delicious out of a few ingredients.
- Old Chu in Eat Drink Man Woman makes a four-course gourmet school lunch for Shan-Shan, and he carries it to her at school in a stainless steel tiffin or food carrier. As a professional chef, all of Chu’s relationships revolve around food. Cooking is an expression of love without the words.
- Viane (Chocolat) tells her daughter Anouk the story of how her grandfather met her grandmother, and how drinking chocolate unlocks secret yearnings. The fact that taste has the power to create memories and access them is a theme in human lore about food.
I love these movies. Eating is a sensual experience that connects the mind to the heart, the brain to the stomach. Eating is so primal, so elemental, because what we eat becomes a part of us, our memories, our bodies. Cooking for me is a way to explore that connection between the preparation of food and eating it.