Here’s some news that should help perpetuate the myth that the food world is filled with brooding hunks: Bradley Cooper is in discussions with The Weinstein Company to play the title character in “Chef”, a restaurant-focused comedy from director Derek Cianfrance. Cooper, who is currently riding the fame wave thanks to an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, is no stranger to faux-kitchens. He previously played a recovering addict/head chef in the short-lived (but excellent) TV adaptation of Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential.”
Cooper is hardly the first actor to pose as a hot force in the kitchen. For years, Hollywood has regularly portrayed restaurant chefs as seductive, olive-oil wielding artists.
In honor of Awards Season, here’s a list of 6 unrealistically sexy fictional chefs and their best on-camera food quotes.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, No Reservations (2007). “You bring in a sous chef from an Italian restaurant and I’m the one in therapy?”
Penelope Cruz, Woman on Top (2000) “Make sure your tomatoes are firm and plump.”
Adrien Grenier, The Devil Wears Prada. (2006) “Give that to me. It’s like ten bucks worth of Jarlsberg in there.”
Chase Crawford, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012). “What do you think you’re doing? Pig is our turf.”
Sofia Vergara, New Year’s Eve (2011). “Ay, Laura! Do you think Jensen will sign a banana? I don’t have any paper.”
Jason Segal, The Five Year Engagement (2012). “Seeing you chop onions is depressing. It’s like watching Michael Jordan take a shit.”*
*This was actually said by Chris Pratt’s character, Alex Eilhauer, who also could’ve appeared on this list.