Cartoon Mouse: A Fascinating Journey into the World of Remy, the Culinary Maestro

Betty Hose

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Meet Remy, also known as “Little Chef”, the beloved protagonist of Disney’s Ratatouille. Remy has played a profoundly influential role in my culinary education and experience. In an alley, Remy leaves his brother Emile and ventures into the kitchen pantry to find a late-night snack. Upon his return, he catches his brother scavenging and consuming garbage. “No no no,” he scolds, “spit that out!” He proceeds to instruct Emile on how to eat, but his guidance is completely disregarded as his brother, unable to control himself, devours an entire piece of cheese. “No no no,” Remy scolds again, “don’t just hork it down!”

These words sparked a thought-provoking idea. After witnessing this scene, I began to contemplate my own eating habits. Do I hork food? Do I mindlessly consume large quantities without savoring the taste? Was I missing out on the true essence of food?

Upon reflection, I realized that I was not and had never been a patient eater. For years, food was merely fuel and nothing more. While it tasted good, it was never good enough to warrant lingering over. Remy introduces this concept to his brother by presenting him with a piece of cheese, salty and sweet with a nutty finish, paired with a strawberry. Inspired by this, I bought strawberries and brie and challenged myself to sit and relish the food.

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It may seem ironic that I had to compel myself to enjoy something, but I come from a long line of horkers. Horking is in my genes. I took a dab of cheese and placed it on my tongue, endeavoring to discern the complex flavors within. It took a few minutes, but eventually, I was able to convince myself that brie tasted like something more than just cheese. I did the same with the strawberry, focusing on the tanginess of the fruit and the hidden sweetness within. When eating the fruit and cheese together, flavors emerged that could never exist alone. As the bouquet of flavor evolved, it slowly began to subside. There was no sudden crash of flavor that keeps horkers horking; just a mellow hint of flavor taking a bow.

The Revelation

Skiers ski, dancers dance, parents parent, knitters knit, and they do this as often as possible because it gives them purpose. If we work to live, there has to be some payoff. I have been working since I was 13, but never did anything with my funds that I really enjoyed. I bought some stuff, went to movies, paid bills – normal stuff. But none of it was ever a passion, a deep yearning to do it all the time. I was floundering to find my place in the world. It’s amusing now to realize that, quite literally, the answer was in front of my nose all along.

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In thirty seconds of film, Disney was able to completely transform my perspective of an everyday occurrence by using a cartoon mouse and his garbage-eating brother, to my passion. I identified with Remy despite our obvious differences. Remy lived for the experience that accompanies food. Now so do I. Eaters eat, diners dine, cooks cook. Hi, my name is Keith. I’m a foodie.

Further Exploration

For further reading on doing one thing at a time in order to enjoy life to its fullest, I highly suggest you read this post by Dr. Gerald Stein. His wisdom is beyond valuable.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the journey with Remy, the cartoon mouse, has been an eye-opening experience, transforming my perspective on food and the art of savoring it. Through the simple yet profound portrayal of Remy’s culinary passion, Disney has managed to inspire a deeper appreciation for the everyday act of eating. This delightful tale has not only kindled a newfound love for food but has also instilled a sense of purpose and passion, echoing the sentiment that life’s true joys lie in the simple pleasures, waiting to be relished.

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