Chef José Andrés has been tapped to consult on NBC's upcoming series Hannibal, based on the Hannibal Lecter character portrayed most famously by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. According to a report in the Washington Post, producer and screenwriter Bryan Fuller hired Andrés "to flesh out the character, so to speak, by showing what a culinary sophisticate the cannibalistic psychiatrist was, pre-incarceration."
What to expect: references to Escoffier, good wines, and interesting takes on mushroom and loin dishes. Back in July, the website Buzzine TV mentioned that Andrés would be consulting and that the producers "plan to release the recipes online (with meat substitutes of course)." Andrés says that his "research included eating 'a lot of lung dishes this summer.'"
It sounds like the series will have a serious emphasis on Lecter's culinary erudition, since Fuller is quoted as telling star Mads Mikkelsen that he should read cookbooks, not serial killer books to get inspiration. Fuller says that he wants to show Lecter "at his most peacock and expansive." The 13-episode season is currently in production in Toronto. Its air date has yet to be announced.
· The next role for Jose Andres: culinary advisor for "Hannibal" [WaPo]
· TV Preview: Bryan Fuller's Hannibal [Buzzine TV]
· Hannibal [Official Website]
· All José Andrés Coverage on Eater [-E-]