The food in the Capitol is a decadent spread, a vivid contrast to the scarcity of essentials in the Districts.
Hunger Games food designer Jack White styled the alien hor d’oeuvres and glistening pig for the pivotal scene where Katniss proves herself to the gamemakers, the Tennessean reveals.
The story you might not know about that pig is it was cooked in Big Bertha, a smoker that made the trek from Pulaski, Tenn., to North Carolina, where the wildly popular film about a post-apocalyptic world was filmed. In fact, every morsel of food in the movie — and there’s a lot of it, from fancy flying fish to loaves of bread — was prepared by food stylist and Tennessee native Jack White.
White — a star of a different sort than Nashville rocker Jack White — has styled food for more than 75 films. He refilled Chinese takeout for the likes of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon during a scene in Ocean’s Thirteen. He washed dishes and prepped plates with famed chef Thomas Keller, a consultant on the set of Spanglish. And White horsed around on the set of Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr. over the ugliest omelet he could bring himself to make.
Unfortunately White’s bread props for another scene didn’t quite make it in the completed film:
When White attended the premiere of The Hunger Games in Los Angeles this month, he learned that the 75 rolls he baked and branded with a blowtorch and iron from an L.A. prop house ended up on the editing room floor.
“The whole thing got cut out,” he said.