Harley Morenstein and the rest of the Epic Meal Time crew have dedicated their lives to creating pizza palaces, deep-fried mac 'n cheese cakes, and other recipes that would give your cardiologist a heart attack. We recently caught up with Harley after a momentous life event -- he and Schick Hydro shaved his giant beard -- to talk about his deranged culinary style. He also told us about his dream last meal, plus his true feelings about In-N-Out. Needless to say, he and Anthony Bourdain would not get along.
What’s the weirdest food you've ever found in your beard?
Well, weird food is relative considering my line of work. It’s not ever fully formed chunks of food, but if I have BBQ sauce on some ribs, it’ll stay there for five days. If I have spaghetti, I could take a towel and wipe my face over and over again, but they’ll always be sauce left in my beard.
Are there any recipes you’ve been trying to get on Epic Meal Time for ages that just haven’t worked?
Back in the day, we used to have the issue of how to make the fast-food aquarium work. We always wanted to do this recipe where the fish were fast-food items and they were suspended in Jell-O, but we couldn’t figure it out. The Empire Steak Building was another one. And we finally did both of those, so this has been a really big year. We’ve really been on top of our game.