Spanish chef Jose Andres has been hired as a consultant for an upcoming NBC series based on the iconic character Hannibal Lecter’s life before he was jailed.
In 1981, novelist Thomas Harris introduced us to the brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lector. The film adaptation of Harris’ second Hannibal novel, The Silence of the Lambs introduced movie-goers to the disturbing character in 1991. Anthony Hopkins went on to win an Academy Award for his portrayal, which included the now famous line about human liver being good “with some fava beans a nice chianti.”
As a consultant with the upcoming NBC series Hannibal, Andres will help make Hannibal appear as a man of very refined tastes and a sophisticated pallet.
According to the Washington Post, Andres was tapped by producer and screenwriter Bryan Fuller to “flesh out the character, so to speak, by showing what a culinary sophisticate the cannibalistic psychiatrist was, pre-incarceration.”
‘This is beyond cannibalism,’ Andres told the Post. ‘It’s about people who have dark sides and dark stories.’
Though filming of the show is underway in Toronto, a date for the series premier has not been set.
In 2011, Andrés won the coveted James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award, the highest honor a chef in America can achieve. The talented and hilarious chef has also appeared on a number of American television shows such as Ellen and Conan.