The Public Enemy


A scene that caused a furore when the film was released in 1931 and which has gone down in film history.  James Cagney, one of the screen greats, shoves a grapefruit into Mae Clark’s face.  Ms Clark gained immortality by simply being the recipient of the

Babette's Feast



Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Film,  Babette’s Feast is as sumptious to look at as the food on display. It’s the story of one person’s desire to create a meal of unsurpassable perfection.

American Beauty



This Oscar winning film’s dinner sequence is not dissimilar to one in “A Streetcar Named Desire” when a conversation is terminated by crockery being hurled against the wall. Brilliantly written and played to perfection by Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey.

Lady and the Tramp



In honour of this Disney classic's 60th anniversary, here is the spaghetti scene.

Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

James Dean


Guess who made their first appearance, uncredited, in Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?



Two of the great eccentrics of English cinema, Robert Morley and John Le Mesurier (best known as Wilson in Dad's Army), matched for the only time in their careers... and happily in a scene about food!

It's Complicated



Meryl Streep occasionally lets her hair down and when she does she's sexy and fun. Watch her teach Steve Martin how to make a chocolate croissant in It's Complicated.

Big Night



Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci in The Big Night, a delightful film about two brothers from Italy opening a restaurant in America which becomes a cultural battleground between the old world and the new. If you haven't seen it check it out... it's great.

Bullets over Broadway



In Woody Allen's wonderful valentine to Broadway Jim Broadbent deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal of Warner Purcell, an actor who cannot stop eating the moment he's under strain. A gem.




Marcel Hillaire, one of the screen's great character actors, teaches a class of would be Cordon Bleu graduates that includes Audrey Hepburn how to crack an egg. A scene from Billy Wilder's frothy comedy "Sabrina".

They Still Call Me Trinity


The two Trinity movies were the first "Comedy Westerns" produced in Italy in the early 1970s starring Terence Hill as Trinity and Bud Spencer as Bambino,  Trinity's older half-brother. Trinity has just won a large amount of money as a card-sharp and so they're taking themselves to the smart, members-only restaurant in town ... the result is ... watch and see.

The Ipcress File




Michael Caine as Harry Palmer, that unlikely agent who takes great pleasure in culinary skills.

Breakfast at Tiffany's



One of the most beloved of actresses, Audrey Hepburn, in one of the most memorable openings of a film

Five Easy Pieces



One of the truly great food scenes in modern cinema. Jack Nicholson somehow manages to be both patient, sarcastic and frightening all at the same time.

Inspector Lavardin



The  French director Claude Chabrol takes his food very seriously. Even the humble fried egg must be cooked perfectly.

Harry Potter



Simply an explosion of joy!

The Happiest Days of Your Life

Happiest Days


The magisterial Margaret Rutherford quizzing a hapless Alastair Sim about digestive biscuits.

To Catch a Thief




Alfred Hitchcock's wicked sense of humour at work again.

The Importance of Being Earnest



Michael Redgrave, Michael Dennison and Dame Edith Evans give as much importance to a cucumber sandwich as they do to being earnest.

Tom Jones



Albert Finney and Joyce Redmond in one of the most celebrated of all eating scenes. Talk about circumventing the censor's disapproval!

Murder She Said



Can anyone describe a recipe in quite the same wonderful way as the great Margaret Rutherford?