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Top Chef Movie Challenge-- what would you have chosen?

hungrystudent257 Apr 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Your picks? I admit-- the first thing that popped into my head was Pulp Fiction and the 'Royale with Cheese"...

  1. oolah Apr 3, 2008 10:57 PM

    I would have chosen Babe. Mmmm Pork.

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      Blueicus Apr 3, 2008 11:03 PM

      That just reminded me of a movie I do know... Chicken Run. Can do a riff on chicken pot pie. Also if you want a pork dish you can also do Charlotte's Web.

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      Snaps Apr 3, 2008 11:15 PM

      Ryan mentioned Dumb and Dumber -- i was laughing thinking they could have made a Soup du Jour -- apparently Top Secret is inspirational... so why not?

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        jtpeters Apr 4, 2008 08:42 AM

        I laughed out loud when Dumb and Dumber was mentioned. It would have been awesome if they made "Kick His Ass" Sea Bass (extra spicy - and then tie that into how the bad guy has a heart attack from eatting the hot pepper) and served it with some "beer".

      2. KenWritez Apr 4, 2008 02:31 AM

        "Blazing Saddles" - Baked beans

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          Scortch Apr 4, 2008 04:39 AM

          Man I wouldn't want to be in the judges room for that one! "Padma!"

          As for me, my honest to goodness fav film is King Kong. Big beefy "dinosaur ribs"? Something distinctly "New York"??

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            jhopp217 Apr 5, 2008 08:32 AM

            THANK YOU!!!

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            craigcep Apr 4, 2008 06:33 AM

            My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

            I think Supersize Me would have been a fun opportunity to just made utterly greasy fast food.

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              momjamin Apr 4, 2008 09:13 AM

              MBFGW: With a drink that looks like Windex? ;-)

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                Miss Needle Apr 6, 2008 11:52 AM

                Yeah, I would have liked to see a burger, especially with Daniel Boulud as one of the judges. My vote goes for Harold and Kumar goes to White Castle. They could have done an upscale slider served with potato crisps sandwiched with chives (showcased in Thomas Keller's French Laundry cookbook) and topped off with an alcoholic Baileys/kalhua type milkshake served in a makeshift bong made from the alcohol bottle. I think it would have scored points with Tom, Padma and Ted. They all look like they've done their fair share when they were younger.

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                  Phaedrus Apr 6, 2008 12:39 PM

                  Didn't they do a slider at the neighborhood challenge?

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                    Miss Needle Apr 7, 2008 11:27 AM

                    Yeah, but it was a regular slider. They could have really showed their creativity with this one. Daniel's burger has got braised beef short ribs, truffles and foie gras (though I know foie is banned in Chicago). I would have loved to see what some of these people (particularly Richard) could have come up with.

                    And, Lizard, I agree about Padma -- she always speaks so sloooowly.

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                      beteez Apr 7, 2008 12:47 PM

                      One of Richard's signature dishes is a slider with a fois gras milk shake.

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                        Miss Needle Apr 7, 2008 11:35 PM

                        A foie gras milkshake sounds really interesting! If I'm ever in Atlanta, I know where I'm eating.

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                    Lizard Apr 7, 2008 01:09 AM

                    I think Padma looks like she's done her fair share just before the show-- she is beautiful, but lit.

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                  jackbauer Apr 4, 2008 06:34 AM

                  For some reason I was thinking of the movie Psycho, one of my faves. It probably would have been way too subtle and probably only Roeper would have gotten it. I would have started with an "Arbogast-rique" after PI Arbogast who was murdered on the stairs. Then in recognition of the scene where Bates and Crane are sitting in his parlor amidst all the stuffed birds, I might have gone with some kind of stuffed quail or duck dish. I guess this is why I'm not on the show!

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                    Adrienne Apr 4, 2008 11:09 AM

                    I actually think doing stuffed birds screams psycho. The bird theme throughout psycho is pretty strong.

                    Not really connected, but another movie I thought of is American Psycho, because there is hyper-stylized imagery of food that contributes to the unique and creepy feel of the movie.

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                    harrison Apr 4, 2008 07:01 AM

                    I would have gone for 2 separate movies...Something like Big Night or Dinner Rush for Daniel, Ted, and Tom - once they fell asleep from the mounds of pasta, I would have done 9 1/2 weeks for Padma...

                    That dress...oh my...

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                      Phaedrus Apr 4, 2008 06:39 PM

                      Oh my is right.

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                        chicgail Apr 7, 2008 05:31 AM

                        Second on Big Night.

                        I'm also surprised no one went for Ratatouille!

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                          weinstein5 Apr 7, 2008 06:39 AM

                          particularly the stay at home dad -

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                            jes Apr 7, 2008 09:58 AM

                            i think youre comfusing shows. the stay at home dad was on hells kitchen, this was top chef.

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                        empecot Apr 4, 2008 07:15 AM

                        "The Big Lebowski"--White Russian Tiramisu or some riff on the In and Out Burger.

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                          grant.cook Apr 4, 2008 07:32 AM

                          The Freshman w/ Matthew Broderick

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                            Mushroom Apr 4, 2008 09:21 AM

                            as long as we're speaking of Matthew Broderick.....

                            Ferris Bueller's Day Off.......

                            Serving an Abe Froman Sausage Dish - they are in Chicago after all..

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                            newhavener07 Apr 4, 2008 07:36 AM


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                            grant.cook Apr 4, 2008 07:34 AM

                            or of course, Sweeney Todd

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                              newhavener07 Apr 4, 2008 07:36 AM

                              Ugh, that movie made my physically ill. Could make for some great riffs on meat pies, however...

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                                Blueicus Apr 4, 2008 09:07 AM

                                Better than using the movie "Waiting" as the source of inspiration. I can just picture the look on the judges' faces.

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                              grant.cook Apr 4, 2008 07:36 AM

                              SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE! ITS PEEEOPLLEE!

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                                grant.cook Apr 4, 2008 07:39 AM

                                Waitress might be a good one, of course, you'd be stuck with nothing other than tons of pie recipes - have to be a baking guru

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                                  jaydreb Apr 4, 2008 07:45 AM

                                  My first thought was "The Godfather." Maybe a kick-ass red-sauce Italian dish (not fancy enough?)?

                                  Another movie I like is "Spinal Tap." Maybe something with bone marrow?

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                                    newhavener07 Apr 4, 2008 10:54 AM

                                    That was my first thought too--Godfather seems obvious but maybe these folk are bit young for that. Spinal Tap would be great--Andrew could whip up a tasty "Stonehenge" using squid ink and gelatin.

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                                      nosoup4u Apr 4, 2008 08:24 PM

                                      Leave the gun, take the cannolis

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                                        Docsknotinn Apr 6, 2008 06:46 AM

                                        Now I'm thinking about Goodfellas and slicing garlic! LOL

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                                          HelpIsOnTheWay Apr 13, 2008 08:55 AM


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                                    jtpeters Apr 4, 2008 08:46 AM

                                    It's too bad the Christmas Story team couldn't buy birds with the heads still on so they could chop them off table side. "It's a beautiful bird, but, you see, it's smiling at me!"

                                    But, I would have made Uncle Buck pancakes, and be promptly eliminated. It would so be worth it.

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                                      ESNY Apr 7, 2008 06:26 AM

                                      I wonder if the budget would have afforded them a snow shovel so they could flip the pancakes.

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                                      Indy 67 Apr 4, 2008 09:29 AM

                                      With this suggestion I'm betraying my age, but the lusty eating scene in TOM JONES would have allowed the chefs to make decadent lobster dishes, oyster dishes, or pear dishes. Sensory intensive and sensual recipes required!

                                      If you've never seen the movie, here's a link to the YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1zHzb...

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                                        Blueicus Apr 4, 2008 09:52 AM

                                        Oh, I remember seeing something similar in Third Rock from the Sun. Guess this is where they got their inspiration from.

                                      2. MplsM ary Apr 4, 2008 09:56 AM

                                        The Adventures of Robin Hood: The King's deer (could it be poached and still taste good? Vegetarian cluelessness I'm afraid), with broccoli to represent Sherwood Forest.

                                        1. Sloth Apr 4, 2008 10:17 AM

                                          Caviar and a duck l'orange served Magic Christian style, complete with restraints.

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                                            Elyssa Apr 4, 2008 10:54 AM

                                            I had a bunch of thoughts around this challenge (those guys should have been able to access the huge Chowhound thread re: food and movies http://www.chowhound.com/topics/302328), and in general was a little disappointed by some of their choices. I thought Willy Wonka was great because they didn't do dessert.

                                            Some of my thoughts:

                                            * Forrest Gump--some sort of southern shrimp dish
                                            *Goodfellas-Classic American red Italian, done classy with thinly sliced garlic :
                                            )*An American in Paris-pretty much any french bistro-inspired dish.
                                            *Ratatoille-ummm the obvious
                                            *Chocolat-Duck with a mole sauce
                                            *My Big Fat Greek Wedding- Roasted leg of lamb
                                            *Under the Tuscan Sun-a delicious, rustic Tuscan dish
                                            *The Birds-It would have been great if they made squab or something along those lines

                                            There are just so many options for them. I think this would be one of my favorite challenges.

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                                              newhavener07 Apr 4, 2008 10:59 AM

                                              I was thinking Scarface, perhaps some Cuban pork in a bloody red sauce. I also liked someone's suggestion of Soylent Green, with a Dumb and Dumber mustard sauce on the side...Wouldn't it be cool if someone did a Babel-like smorgasbord, or a "memory plate" inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The server could put something on the plate and then take it off before you have a chance to take a bite...Or a Groundhog Day plate where an identical dish is plopped in front of you as soon as you're done? A There Will Be Blood gusher of gravy over --what was DDLewis eating in that last scene?

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                                                Lizard Apr 4, 2008 11:21 AM

                                                Heh, just make a milkshake...

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                                                  beteez Apr 4, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                  Blues Brothers Fried chicken & dry white toast.

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                                                    karenfinan Apr 4, 2008 06:26 PM

                                                    beteez, you win, that's the one! And this is so funny, I checked your profile before I posted, and I was born and raised on St. Simons. I live in CA now. small world, eh!

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                                                      Phaedrus Apr 4, 2008 06:44 PM

                                                      Dang it!! You took my choice!

                                                      How about the weiners from Blazing Saddles with Madeline Kahn and Cleavon Little.

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                                                        jhopp217 Apr 5, 2008 08:37 AM


                                                        15 is my limit on schnitzengruben!

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                                                    spellweaver16 Apr 7, 2008 11:24 PM

                                                    My first thought was Soylent Green. Make a nice meat terrine or a pate... And with that marquis they had up, the judges would have to sit there and wonder until the course was served.

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                                                    burlgurl Apr 5, 2008 06:41 AM

                                                    My first thought was The Little Mermaid and a fabulous seafood dish!

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                                                      jhopp217 Apr 5, 2008 08:55 AM

                                                      I can't believe nobody said Silence of the Lambs. Liver with fava beans, and a nice Chianti!

                                                      I would have picked Cinema Paradiso and told of how the boy grew up, but never forgot his roots. Since he was Sicilian i would have done a veal marsala and/or a caponata playing off the classic Sicilian and roots theme.

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                                                        Scortch Apr 5, 2008 10:01 AM

                                                        Actually, ahem, I mentioned Silence in the other Top Chef thread, thank you very much...

                                                        For that, discretion, you get eaten first!

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                                                          bostonfoodie111 Apr 5, 2008 06:01 PM

                                                          Babette's Feast, The Chinese Banquet or Chocolat. :)

                                                      2. tastyjon Apr 5, 2008 11:42 PM

                                                        Timpano from Big Night
                                                        Meatballs from the Godfather

                                                        But I do like how some tried to make food around a movie even if the movie didn't touch on food (Good Morning Vietnam).

                                                        It was really wide open creativity-wise. Spanish/Morrocan for Casablanca, KC BBQ for Wiz of OZ (no place like home - cooked Q). GWTW - Frankly my dear I don't give a yam. They could have done a bunch of offbeat Japanese fare and claimed, "Lost in Translation."

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                                                          Indy 67 Apr 6, 2008 04:16 AM

                                                          The judges certainly didn't share you opinion of using GOOD MORNING VIETNAM. My recall is that the judges criticized the team for deciding to make a Vietnamese dish and, then, selecting a movie that would allow them to do so. Certainly, a movie touching on food wasn't required. I recall that the judges had a huge positive response to the WILLIE WONKA dish because the chefs had focused on the spirit of the movie rather than any literal connection to the movie. (It didn't hurt that the dish tasted wonderful.)

                                                        2. weinstein5 Apr 6, 2008 05:32 AM

                                                          I like the Chicago film ideas like Blues Brothers or Ferris Bueller's Day Off - some others -

                                                          Uncle Buck - giant pancakes
                                                          Only the Lonely - Irish food or ball park food
                                                          Barbershop - some good Chicago Baebecue -

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                                                            MplsM ary Apr 6, 2008 02:00 PM

                                                            I'd say with Only the Lonely, donuts, 'cause "It's good to be a cop".

                                                          2. soypower Apr 6, 2008 06:57 AM

                                                            this might be a bit pedestrian, but i was hoping someone would use chocolat as their inspiration...every time i see that movie, i feel like going into my kitchen and experimenting with some prawns in a nice chocolate sauce...:o)

                                                            1. revsharkie Apr 6, 2008 01:26 PM

                                                              When we were watching the episode, and the two guys (who eventually ended up going with A Christmas Story, I think) were at a loss, I thought they should have gone with some kid movie, like maybe Lady and the Tramp...they could have made spaghetti.

                                                              Mike thought someone should have chosen Babette's Feast, then they could have done about anything, so long as it was fancy and French.

                                                              1. dockhl Apr 6, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                                I can't take credit for this, but someone @ eG mentioned Fatal Attraction and a nice poached bunny dish. I think that is genius!

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                                                                  Phaedrus Apr 6, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                  Hassenpfeffer !!! That is genius!! You can also do it with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the woods.

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                                                                  jcattles Apr 6, 2008 06:41 PM

                                                                  9 1/2 weeks. Something sensual and sexy you could eat with your hands.

                                                                  1. KenWritez Apr 6, 2008 10:16 PM

                                                                    "Brazil" - Feojada would be great!
                                                                    "Jaws" - Shark sushi rolls or steaks
                                                                    "Deep Throat" - 12" pieces of kielbasa on sauerkraut with spicy sour cream dipping sauce. (Awrightawright, I apologize for that one. But I know you laughed anyway.)
                                                                    "Open Range" - Grilled ribeye steaks

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                                                                      LindaWhit Apr 7, 2008 09:47 AM

                                                                      Keep in mind they were limited by what they could buy at Whole Foods - so I'm not sure shark would have been available there.

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                                                                      Ali Apr 7, 2008 09:06 AM

                                                                      Because it's been on my mind, I thought of No Reservations (or Mostly Martha for those who are anti-remakes). That scene where Kate walks out of the kitchen with the steak on a grill fork (knife?), plunges it down on the table in front of the diner, and asks him if that was rare enough is great. I'd make beef carppagio (or some other raw beef dish OR the dish that said diner kept sending back) to suit the scene.

                                                                      The suggestions of Ratatouille are good, but I'm betting that one of the judges would've called them on not recreating the confit bayaldi (or whatever that wretched name is) and asked why they made a ratatouille instead.

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                                                                        Phaedrus Apr 7, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                        Heh heh, they could have gone the other way by making roast rats for Ratatouille. I don't think that would have gone over too well though.

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                                                                          momjamin Apr 7, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                                          I think any French food would have been in the spirit of Ratatouille -- or maybe grilled mushrooms a la the scene on the roof during the lightning storm

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                                                                            jcattles Apr 7, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                            that's what I was thinking, too

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                                                                              Lizard Apr 7, 2008 11:49 PM

                                                                              Or simply any dish that celebrated food pairing-- possibly unexpected pairings since that seemed to be the excitement they could translate.

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                                                                          jcattles Apr 7, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                          Hubby said American Pie!

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                                                                            Lizard Apr 7, 2008 11:50 PM

                                                                            OK, so continuing in the spirit of the nasty:

                                                                            Fargo and chipped beef?

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                                                                              hungrystudent257 Apr 8, 2008 12:40 AM


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                                                                                Phaedrus Apr 8, 2008 04:59 AM

                                                                                Rocky Horror Picture Show and Meat Loaf, served with a bandana under the plate.

                                                                                Fried Green Tomatoes and barbecue.

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                                                                              jhopp217 Apr 8, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                                              Sadly, I'm still thinking about this. Something easy that could have had a wonderful presentation would to have been serving 7 different types of sushi for the Seven Samurai. Maybe Alien and do a little spin on turducken. Or the Deer HUnter and serve it with a toy gun. Gandhi - serve nothing (Sorry, I couldn't resist). A macabre twist could have been to do Harvey and serve rabbit. Duck Soup - although I think you'd most likely be on the chopping block for that one.

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                                                                                newhavener07 Apr 8, 2008 10:20 AM

                                                                                "Maybe Alien and do a little spin on turducken"
                                                                                wow, that would be great. Perhaps one of the molecular gastrognomes could have rigged up a little explosive charge to propel each bird out of the previous carcass...

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                                                                                  Elyssa Apr 8, 2008 01:55 PM

                                                                                  The Alien idea is great...so creative!!

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                                                                                  chefaron Apr 8, 2008 04:23 PM

                                                                                  how about the movie no reservations and make a killer saffron sauce?

                                                                                  I thought of the god father as well or good fellas.

                                                                                  maybe chocolate and do some spices in there.

                                                                                  there are so many to chose from why was it so hard for them to think of one?

                                                                                  here is a few more Big Night, Tom Jones ( sexy chicken), Dinner Rush , Tortilla Soup, Eat Drink Man Woman and last but not least Sideways

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                                                                                    Phaedrus Apr 8, 2008 04:31 PM

                                                                                    BUT NO F____KING MERLOT!!!!!

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                                                                                    LabRat Apr 9, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                                                    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves...Braised short ribs with an apple chutney.

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                                                                                      Phaedrus Apr 9, 2008 08:41 AM

                                                                                      Dude, that is funny.

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                                                                                      charlesbois Apr 9, 2008 09:48 AM

                                                                                      Surprised no one did Tampopo.

                                                                                      Also, the Wedding Banquet features some awesome Chinese food.

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                                                                                        momjamin Apr 9, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                                        I suppose Whole Foods doesn't carry the live snakes required for the feast in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, or anything much resembling monkey brains...

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                                                                                        1. re: momjamin
                                                                                          jhopp217 Apr 9, 2008 08:42 PM

                                                                                          And you would want either on any pizza?

                                                                                        2. tbear Apr 11, 2008 11:40 AM

                                                                                          Some Like it Hot - so many possibilities - spicy French?
                                                                                          Casablanca - Moroccan anyone?
                                                                                          Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Truffles? - Tex Mex?

                                                                                          you could go on and on...

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                                                                                            Phaedrus Apr 11, 2008 12:19 PM

                                                                                            Well, you can serve a capon recipe for Some Like it Hot too.....

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                                                                                              tbear Apr 12, 2008 07:02 AM

                                                                                              Took me a second...Excellent.

                                                                                          2. karmalaw Apr 11, 2008 04:47 PM

                                                                                            I would have chosen Arsenic and Old Lace... made some very retro "old-lady" dishes (violet sorbet if I could have) and I would have centered the courses around tomatoes, which were once considered to be poisonous.

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                                                                                              melly Apr 12, 2008 07:28 PM

                                                                                              Big Night..timbale.

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                                                                                                mercyteapot Apr 12, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                                                Another obvious choice, but one with lots of possibilities, would be Soul Food.

                                                                                                A more esoteric option, given the ages of the contestants, would be Crossing Delancey. It's one of my favorite movies. I don't TC has ever featured a nice matzo ball soup...

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                                                                                                  melly Apr 12, 2008 09:09 PM

                                                                                                  I loved Crossing Delancey as well..I always crave pickles when I think of it.

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                                                                                                  momjamin Apr 14, 2008 04:38 AM

                                                                                                  It may not be a "favorite" movie, but it wasn't bad -- Last Holiday, with a take on "Poulet Tchoupitoulas".

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                                                                                                    MsPraline Jun 7, 2008 04:25 PM

                                                                                                    I finally made my attempt at Poulet Tchoupitoulas. It turned out pretty good. My 7 year old liked it too!

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                                                                                                      momjamin Jun 9, 2008 07:26 AM

                                                                                                      If your 7yo is like my 5yo, it's just fun to say ;-)

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                                                                                                    jecolicious Apr 16, 2008 03:50 PM

                                                                                                    Face Off.
                                                                                                    I would have braised some pork cheeks with cloves and carrots then a spicy pork saute on the other parts of the face.

                                                                                                    1. KenWritez Apr 17, 2008 08:36 AM

                                                                                                      "When Harry Met Sally" - A diner plate of pickle spear, potato salad scoop, and a REALLY GOOD pastrami sandwich on rye.


                                                                                                      1. southernitalian Apr 17, 2008 04:53 PM

                                                                                                        Just saw this episode for the third time and it came to me. "Jaws". Leg of lamb. Wrapped in seaweed. Served...on a license plate. With a wine from a Long Island vineyard.

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                                                                                                          tofuburrito Apr 17, 2008 05:07 PM

                                                                                                          I was thinking I would have done A River Runs Through It with some sort of flying fish presentation.

                                                                                                        2. Phaedrus Apr 17, 2008 07:25 PM

                                                                                                          Water, Gandhi.
                                                                                                          Roast rabbit with some kind of coconut dessert. Monty Python's Holy Grail.

                                                                                                          1. Chew on That Apr 18, 2008 09:25 AM

                                                                                                            Supersize me! Just kidding...I probably would have gone with Memento because it's one of my favorite movies and then I could have made something with a strong smell that you associate with memory and maybe childhood.

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                                                                                                              Lisachocoholic Jun 8, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                              One of the best books and food movies nobody has mentioned - Like Water for Chocolate. There are so many ways you could go with this - the book is in 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, each with a recipe. And then there's the passion of Tita and her sister Gertrudis, so strong that it erupts into flames.

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                                                                                                                momjamin Jun 9, 2008 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                IIRC, Manuel suggested it in the challenge itself, but Spike had never heard of it, then Richard's team was doing Willy Wonka, so they didn't want to double-up the chocolate theme.

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                                                                                                                  Adrienne Jun 9, 2008 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                  Like Water for Chocolate is not really chocolate themed.

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                                                                                                                    momjamin Jun 10, 2008 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                    I understand, but then again, Top Secret is not really beef themed ;-) Many of the movie connections were tenuous, and I'm just reporting what I remember from the episode and later interviews with Manuel.

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                                                                                                                      Adrienne Jun 11, 2008 10:56 PM

                                                                                                                      I agree with you. I just meant that it wouldn't be hard to avoid using chocolate as a theme if one wanted to be true to that story. I read it several times and I don't even recall what the relevance of chocolate was, if any.

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