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.
At this point, you guys have had a number of celebrity guests drop by. Is there anyone else you’d really like to cook with? Bill Murray. That would be incredible. Whatever he wants.
Can you tell me about what Epic Meal Time has coming up? Well, we’re currently doing videos on Tuesdays. We’re tooling a few concepts internally right now, and what we’re looking at is seven days of the week on Epic Meal Time. So from Monday to Monday, we’d have new videos coming out. Maybe not always in the kitchen. We’ve already stepped outside the food arena multiple times to do video games and things like that, but we’re always trying to bring that epic aspect with us. And we’re working on putting together another show for television as well.
I saw on Twitter you told a fan that your last meal if you were on death row would be a bowl of cereal. Which kind? Probably Cinnamon Toast Crunch. My whole life is about making crazy moves and going hard, but I like simple food. I enjoy a bowl of cereal. But if I’m about to die, I’ll probably have two.
Lastly, what do you order at In-N-Out? Well, I have to settle for In-N-Out -- I want you to include that, by the way. If anyone wants to take the bait, I’m on Twitter. But I go with a Double Double Animal Style with fries, also Animal Style. And I’d probably get a Diet Coke and a vanilla milkshake to take with me when I’m done.
Kristin Huntis a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would really like to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch with Bill Murray. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.