Gallery: Staff Picks: Our Favorite Food Moments in Movies

Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp

"Who can resist a plate of spaghetti for two? So sweet, I'm always reminded of it when I serve pasta." Maggie Hoffman, Serious Eats: Drinks Editor

Moonstruck
Moonstruck

"In general, I love how food plays a supporting roll in Moonstruck. From when Loretta orders dinner for Johnny because he's a giant baby-man, to Ronny losing his hand in the bread slicer, to Rose (the amazing Olympia Dukakis) offering everyone oatmeal in the super awkward Johnny-Ronny confrontation scene. But the best is when Olympia Dukakis/Rose makes eggs in purgatory for Loretta/Cher. Because when there's nothing else to say, Italian mothers are going to make you eggs, and you know it's going to be all right." Carrie Vasios, Serious Eats: Sweets Editor

Ratatouille
Ratatouille

"The scene where the rat Remy finally makes the title in Ratatouille and melts the mean old critic's heart. Am I the only one who found this movie a total tearjerker?" Carey Jones, Senior Managing Editor

"This one is really hard, but the first thing that comes to mind is when Anton Ego tastes the title dish in Ratatouille and is instantly transported back to his boyhood in the French countryside. It says so much about the power of taste and memory in such an economical ten or so seconds of film." Ben Fishner, Technical Support and Project Management

Hook
Hook

"My brother and I watched and re-re-re-watched our VHS copy of the 1991 film Hook. I could probably recite most of the movie by heart, but my most vivid memory is the Lost Boys' food fight scene. The table is covered in glossy turkey legs, cheese wedges, and perfectly iced rainbow pies—basically everything you've ever wanted to eat as a nine-year-old. Then, BANGARANG! The rainbow icing goop gets launched in every direction, and Robin Wililams hits Rufio (RU-FI-OOOOOH) in the face. Remember when food fights seemed like the coolest thing ever as a kid?" Erin Zimmer, National Managing Editor

Troll 2
Troll 2

"The entire length of Troll 2, a sequel built on the success of Troll 1 that's about woodland goblins who turn people into gooey vegetable matter and then eat them, is a prolonged best food moment, and really the best movie moment in the history of B cinema. There's the expertly delivered line,They're eating her…then they're going to eat me! Or the child hero saving the day by stopping time and taking a leak over the poisoned family dinner. Or the goblin witch seducing a teenage boy in an RV full of popcorn…that all starts popping. Oh, just watch the trailer already. And do the full movie tonight." Max Falkowitz, Serious Eats: New York Editor

Spirited Away
Spirited Away

"The scene in Miyazaki's Spirited Away when the parents eat at the abandoned restaurant and turn into pigs." Leandra Palermo, Ad Sales & Marketing

Simply Irresistible
Simply Irresistible

"Simply Irresistible, the 1999 sleeper hit starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. It's the classic story of a young, bumbling female chef who buys magical crabs that transform her into an incredible cook. And she finds love along the way. Only in NYC, right?" Jessica Leibowitz, Videographer

The God of Cookery
The God of Cookery

"I don't have a number one favorite food moment from a movie, but The God of Cookery—a slapstick-filled, Tex-Avery-cartoon-come-to-life spoof of the fall and comeback of the Iron Chef-like "God of Cookery," Stephen Chow—is saturated with over-the-top scenes that I love. Like the dream sequence that accompanies the first taste of Explosive Pissing Beef Balls. Also, the judge's completely insane reaction to Stephen Chow's BBQ pork rice near the end of the movie (I guess I'm spoiling the ending, but...uh...yeah)." Robyn Lee, AHT and Photo Editor

My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro

"Another favorite food scene of mine is from My Neighbor Totoro, where Satsuki is making bento boxes for her family, appropriately sized for her dad, her little sister, and herself. When I was a kid I WANTED ONE OF THOSE BENTO BOXES SO BADLY. I couldn't find a video clip, but bento-master Anna the Red has a tutorial on how to make a bento box similar to the one in the movie." Robyn Lee, AHT and Photo Editor

Tampopo
Tampopo

"Damn, I've got one more: the omurice-making scene from Tampopo. I just really like omurice." Robyn Lee, AHT and Photo Editor

Eddie Izzard Impersonating Darth Vader
Eddie Izzard Impersonating Darth Vader

"Ok, so it never really happened, but my favorite food scene from a movie would have been the one Eddie Izzard describes in which Darth Vader has to wait in line at the Death Star Canteen. [READ IN JAMES EARL JONES VOICE] "I will have the penne arrabiatta." If that ain't good imaginary filmmaking, I don't know what is." J.Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

Manhattan
Manhattan

"I'm not sure this counts, because I don't believe there is actually food present in the scene, but it takes place at a restaurant, so I'm going with it. One of the first scenes in Woody Allen's Manhattan (after the opening Gershwin montage) is in Elaine's on the Upper East Side. It's so cramped and chaotic, the waiter has to pull a table out just so the patrons can slide around to their seats. Growing up far from New York, this looked borderline insane, yet oddly appealing. Everyone at the table leaned in to be heard, as waiters whizzed by in the background. For some reason, I always wanted to go, even if the food wasn't supposed to be that good. Sadly it's closed now, so I'll never know how an actual visit measured up." Nick Kindelsperger, Serious Eats: Chicago Editor