Pixar movies often have a key ingredient of their own – food. From the Brocolli Pizza in “Inside Out” to the berry pie in “Brave,” a lot of effort is put into connecting audiences with the film via shared experiences with food. That idea is central to Pixar’s Ratatouille, a film with the motto “Everyone can cook (but not everyone should)” is bound to have a lot of fans among foodies.
So when a Youtuber chef asked fellow foodies what dish he should film next? It was no surprise that Ratatouille’s ratatouille was the top choice.
How would a professional chef cook the eponymous dish from Pixar’s Ratatouille? Thanks to a new video from Andrew Rea (aka OliverBabish) on his “Binging with Babish” vlog we get the recipe for the dish. Turns out it’s not a traditional Ratatouille at all (of course, why would Remy cook anything traditional for the food critic) but something called a Confit Byaldi (which is a more modern take on the traditional dish).
Here’s how Rea would prepare it:
Now that’s something Gusteau could be proud of serving at his restaurant.
Real life Chef Thomas Keller served as a food consultant to Pixar for the film, even allowing Pixar producer Brad Lewis to intern in his French Laundry restaurant. Keller had a similar ‘byaldi’ dish in his 1999 cookbook named after his restaurant, which was the inspiration for the dish in the movie.
Just keep in mind that if you happen to visit Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios, you can order ratatouille in the Ratatouille themed restaurant that’s part of the Ratatouille attraction. But it’s the traditional ratatouille, not the dish you see in the film, and as prepared above.
Will you try to make this dish yourself at home?