16 Favorite Food Movies and Food-Centric Scenes of Valley Chefs

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Anthony Shaloub (left) and Stanley Tucci in the film, Big Night.
From the heartfelt to the mouth-watering to the ridiculously funny, nearly everyone can remember their favorite food movie or food-centric film scene.

Which ones strike a chord with Valley chefs and restaurateurs? A few you might expect, some you may not, and a few that go way back -- way back -- into the film vault.

Check out their favorites then feel free to add your own to the comments section.

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Chef Matt Zdeb, Sushi Roku
The food fight seen from Hook with Robin Williams. I remember thinking how cool it would be to have an over-the-top buffet of food appear in front of you and turn around and have the ultimate food fight with it.

Bill Sandweg, Owner, Copper Star Coffee
Any scene with Anton Ego in Ratatouille. "Very well, you provide the food, and I'll provide the perspective."

Chef Ben Mule, Hidden Valley Ranch, Greer
From the movie Waiting, the scene where the cooks on the line are staring at the clock waiting for the kitchen to close and hoping nobody else shows up for dinner -- then, two people decide to come in and ruin their night. If professional chefs anywhere tell you this doesn't happen, they aren't being completely truthful. Even in the present recession, after a long night of getting "killed" on the line, last-second-before-the-kitchen closes customers are a sore spot with line cooks. As professionals who know what chefs are up against on a daily basis, we would never do this. I think I speak for every serious professional chef and cook out there.

Aaron May, Chef and Restaurateur
The kitchen scenes in Dinner Rush are unparalleled as far as authenticity is concerned. Plus, I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

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Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

Love Big Night when the finally give in cook the meal for friends w/o Prima, all of Tampopo & Eat Drink Man Woman but CAN NOT believe no mention of the feast in Babettes Feast. Simply marvelous food.


What about you Laura? You're quite the movie connoisseur...what is your favorite.

Rebecca Golden
Rebecca Golden

Seriously I was cracking up, Oh Tommy Boy. Also love the Godfather scene where he's cutting garlic with a razor. Oh the good ole days :) Thanks Laura Hahnefeld for mentioning 32 Shea!

Natalie Morris
Natalie Morris

Yes! Love this. Agree with The Birdcage and Big Night, especially. Those were great movies to study food on film.

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