• Who’s picking the great chefs of Hollywood?


Opinions may change after the release of the much-anticipated film “Julie & Julia” tomorrow, but for now moviegoers’ favorite film chef is a lot smaller than the late 6-foot-2 Julia Child and a lot less likely to be able to consume portions of wine as well as Julia did.

An online poll conducted by Blockbuster Inc. shows 45% of respondents selected Remy the kitchen rat voiced by Patton Oswalt in the animated “Ratatouille” their all-time favorite movie chef. Humans lined up behind him:

2. Kate Armstrong, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in “No Reservations”
3. John Clansky, played by Adam Sandler in “Spanglish”
4. Babette, played by Stephane Audran in “Babette’s Feast”
5. Isabella Oliveira, played by Penelope Cruz in “Woman On Top”

The poll shows a more current bias than I’d have on my list which would have to include some great oldies:

1. Jacqueline Bissett as the gorgeous Natasha O’Brien in “Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?”
2. Tony Shalhoub as the temperamental Primo in “Big Night.”
3. Sihung Lung as harassed dad Master Chef Chu in “Eat Drink Man Woman”
4. Hector Elizondo as tastebud-impaired Martin Naranjo in “Tortilla Soup”
5. Steven Seagal as U.S. Navy cook Casey Ryback in “Under Siege”


About Bill Dowd

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5 responses to “• Who’s picking the great chefs of Hollywood?”

  1. Flick Fan says :


    How can we ignore Clemenza from “The Godfather”? Remember when he was teaching young Michael Corleone how to make a proper spaghetti dish?

    “Hey, come over here, kid, learn something. Ya never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday. Ya see, ya start out with a little bit of oil. Then ya fry some garlic. Then ya throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, ya fry it; ya make sure it doesn’t stick. Ya get it to a boil; ya shove in all your sausage and your meatballs; eh…? And a little bit a’ wine. An’ a little bit a’ sugar, and that’s my trick.”

  2. commuter guy says :

    There’s a restaurant in Long Island City (Queens, NY) called Film Chefs. I know they get some business from the nearby Silvercup Studio where movies are made, but maybe there’s some other connection as well.

  3. starstruck says :

    I read somewhere that Brad Pitt might star in a movie version of Anthony Bourdain’s book “Kitchen Confidential.” That would be something to see, and might get him in your list.

  4. Bunny Galladora says :


    1. What does the “honest” mean after my name???? Does my name bother you that much???

    2. This year (based on government stats) 1,717 COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL DIE WITH ALCOHOL LISTED AS A CONTRIBUTING. I don’t see why you think it odd that mothers, including myself (a retired law enforcement officer) would want to save lives and stop the harm alcohol causes …sometimes to people who are not even the ones drinking.

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says :

    Perhaps the writer thought “Bunny” was an odd name for a grown person. Even my friend Harvey thinks so.

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