Movies transport us to other realities. Through sight and sound, directors show us whole new worlds. They also show us a lot of food. Food we wish we could be eating instead of popcorn and Twizzlers. Well, actually… That’s a meal for me. Still, there are extremely enticing meals in film and TV that make me wish movie theaters served real food.
Graphic designer and amateur chef Clay (@CurmudgeonClay) is clearly as distracted by food on screen as I am. He’s been able to recreate several famous meals from movies and TV that look even more delicious than the originals.
Check out the best recreations of movie foods this artist made:
1. Mac and Cheese
Inspired by the movie Home Alone.
Inspired by the movie Parasite (2019).
I spoke to Clay briefly about the project. He is not a professional chef. It all started when he saw the movie Parasite in theaters (“remember those?” he asked). When they ate Ram-Don in the movie, he had to have it. He whipped it up. It’s still one of his favorites.
3. The Three-Course Dinner In A Stick of Gum.
Inspired by Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971).
4. Duck Liver Pate (The Grey Stuff)
Inspired by the film Beauty and the Beast (1991)
5. Spinach Puffs
Inspired by The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
6. The Big Kahuna Burger
Inspired by Pulp Fiction (1994)
Though Clay has created some more elaborate concoctions for this project, he has a few meals he’s returned to several times. “The Kahuna burger from Pulp Fiction was delicious and the pollo a la pancha from Moonlight I’ll make again and again.”
7. Vintage Key Lime Pie
Inspired by the film The Shape Of Water (2017)
8. Kevin’s Famous Chili
Inspired by the TV show The Office.
9. Pollo a la Pancha (the chef’s special)
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Moonlight (2016)
10. Soylent Green
Inspired by the movie Soylent Green (1973), duh!
11. Cherry Pie With Shaving Cream
Inspired by Jurassic Park (1993)
12. Chocolate Eclair with Creme Patisserie
Inspired by the movie Catch Me If You Can (2002)
13. Plain Omelet With Toast
Inspired by the movie Five Easy Pieces (1970)
14. Bean and cabbage bao boy
Inspired by the Pixar short Bao (2018)
My goodness… what will Clay do next? Some people have asked for specific meals. Personally, I’d like to see a palatable version of what Buddy eats in Elf, but no dice. Clay says: “I have had a couple requests like the waffle volcano from 50 First Dates, Turkish delight from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and the Shrimp hands from Beetlejuice.”
15. Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat
Inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
It’s beer, but for kids. Inspired by the Harry Potter film series.
17. Mashed Potato Devil’s Tower
Inspired by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
18. The Imaginary Pie
Inspired by the movie Hook (1991)
19. The Forbidden Mushroom Omelette with Chives
Inspired by Phantom Thread (2017)
20. Uncle Fester’s 3-Week Anniversary Meatloaf
Inspired by Addam’s Family Values (1993)
Some seem complicated and some seem simple. They all look delicious. I asked Clay what helps him choose what he makes next, and he said: “I’m currently unemployed and broke as fuck so I usually just make things that I currently have ingredients for already or that my roommate wants to contribute to. I’ve got a lot on my list that I plan on making eventually.”
21. Bridges’ Jambalaya with extra cayenne
Inspired by the movie Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
22. Unicorn Meatloaf
Eaten by imaginary Hitler in Jojo Rabbit (2019)
23. Christmas Croquembouche
Inspired by Little Women (2019)
I can barely pronounce some of these, but that doesn’t I don’t want to try all of them. Yes. Delicious.
Check out @curmudgeonclay on Instagram.