If you rushed out to see “The Menu” on its opening night, you already know that Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik cooks only once in “The Menu.” Most of Crenn’s work with Fiennes was, as she described to Tasting Table, mental. “That was very important, to have [Ralph] understand the importance of confidence and connecting the dots with the team that he [was] running,” Crenn reflected. “You can see it, too. They will die for him.”
When it was time for Fiennes to flex his culinary muscles, however, Crenn helped him do that, too. With Crenn’s instructions, the actor succeeds in cooking one perfect American cheese-topped cheeseburger. Spoiler alert: despite the compressed, pickled cucumber melons, scallops flavored with nearly frozen filtered seawater, and other such delicacies on display in the movie, “The Menu’s” cheeseburger takes the cake. We digress.
From the sound of it, Fiennes chopped onions for the burger brilliantly. “We taught him how to do [that],” Crenn dished. “We were cooking in the back of the kitchen, and he was cooking with us, and he’s amazing. I’m telling you, Ralph is amazing.”
Don’t miss Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik in “The Menu,” which premiers in theatres nationwide on November 18.