There’s great power in visuals and never is it more obvious than when it comes to depictions of food on-screen. For years, we’ve celebrated the emotions depicted in movies and TV series, so now let’s celebrate hunger with a re-run of these scenes, which depict food so deliciously that watching it gives you cravings.
Warning: These clippings are not meant for the weak of stomach, or people on a diet.
Marshall’s Burger Speech, How I Met Your Mother
The gang of HIMYM spend an evening out in New York City, hunting for the best burger that Marshall ever had. The only problem is that he had this burger years ago when he first moved to the Big Apple. As the gang goes around sampling burgers at different places to see if it’s the one, a disappointed Marshall waxes poetic on that one special burger he ate. As he describes it, you get this mouth-watering imagery of what the best burger in New York City tastes like. Do not watch this scene if you’re even slightly hungry.
The One With The Two Cheesecakes, FRIENDS
Rachel walks in on Chandler tucking into a large cheesecake, wrongly delivered to their house. But Chandler couldn’t return it because “it was just too delicious.” As both Rachel and Chandler tuck into that velvety-looking dessert, you suddenly want to dig into it, too. Because, as we all know, there are very few people who can make a great cheesecake. It doesn’t end there though. The replacement cheesecake also gets accidentally delivered to their door and the two friends fight for it. And there’s nothing wrong in them scooping up pieces of cheesecake off the floor, because you know you’d have done it too.
Hyderabadi Zaffrani Pulao, Cheeni Kum
Nobody ever thought beyond the traditional Hyderabadi Dum Biryani until this pulao appeared during a scene in Cheeni Kum. Actor Amitabh Bachchan gives us such a deliciously precise description of the rice dish that not only is it easy to imagine its flavour, but also take notes (amateur cooks, are you listening) on how to make it.
Party Preparations, Chocolat
There’s something tantalising about Chocolat. Is it the mystery behind Vianne Rocher (played by Juliette Binoche) who arrives at a repressed French village to open a chocolatery during Lent? Or is it the magic spell woven upon the villagers by the delicious chocolate? We think it’s the latter, because it’s impossible to watch this movie and not salivate over the chocolate, which appears in every shape and form. In this scene, Vianne preparing for a party and, naturally, chocolate plays a major role here. Watch as she stirs melted chocolate and drops delicate almond flakes over a satiny smooth chocolate cake.
Il Timpano, The Big Night
If you love pasta, warm red sauces and bubbling cheese, then you will find yourself in food heaven as you watch Primo prepare his signature dish, Il Timpano. This is a deep crusty pasta dish which is shaped like a drum and filled with meat, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, herbs, tomato sauce – and more meat and cheese – and finally sealed with pasta sheets before it bakes and bubbles away in the oven. As you watch Primo and his brother Secondo, serve the first slice of Il Timpano you’ll wish you were there in that dining room holding out your plate, too.
Ila’s First Letter, The Lunchbox
The Lunchbox, as you probably already know, is a touching love story between Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a bored suburban housewife, and Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a widower from Bandra in Mumbai. Their story begins when the dabbawala accidentally begins delivering the lunchbox Ila packs for her husband to Fernandes instead. So begins a long correspondence through letters hidden away within the rotis each day. But what is equally fascinating is the food – what will Ila send in the lunchbox today? Our favourite scene shows Ila making scrumptious Paneer Kofta Masala, which she sends along with the first of her letters in the lunchbox.
Food Compilation, Chef
Based on a restaurant head chef’s midlife crisis, this movie is all about the food – the flavours, the visuals and the bold experimentation. So it’s hard to pick out one scene which is yummier than the rest. And trust me, there are a lot to choose from. So, here’s a video of all the best food scenes in the movie in one fantastic compilation. One scene to watch though, is when Chef Casper (played by Jon Favreau) pours rich caramel sauce over parchment paper, cools it and breaks it with a hammer to make caramel sugar, which he then sprinkles generously over a dish of berries and mint leaves topped with fresh whipped cream. Ooh la la!
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