Jose Andres is a Spanish chef who once trained under Ferran Adria at the restaurant El Bulli. Andres owns several concept restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area, with a focus on a molecular gastronomy.
In 2010, Andres began teaching a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià, and in April 2012, Andres tweeted that he would be serving as Lady Gaga’s chef on her Born This Way Ball Tour.
The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema notes Andres has been chosen as culinary consultant for the forthcoming NBC series “Hannibal,” based on the fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter from the film “Silence of the Lambs”
Andres says that eventually, every single body part will factor into the show, and adds that his research included eating a lot of lung dishes — lung, from animals, is popular in Italy and Spain.
“This is beyond cannibalism,”says the chef. “It’s about people who have dark sides and dark stories.”Andres suggests viewers watch for a party scene with food prepared by Lecter and also an “interesting”new way to prepare mushrooms.
“I want Hannibal to have the same passion as Jose Andres has,”says producer and screenwriter Bryan Fuller, the creator of the 13 episode show, which is currently shooting in Toronto and stars Mads Mikkelsen as the cannibalistic psychiatrist before prison.
Mikkelsen played the villain opposite Daniel Craig’s 007 character in the film “Casino Royale.”
Fuller says the Hannibal character will be seen cooking, rather than sourcing his main ingredients, to make him more relatable and less a villain.
Lecter is no garden variety flesh eater, says Fuller. The character thinks of his victims like this: “You are a pig of a human being and you deserve to become someone’s bacon“