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Every Food-Related Pun From ‘Hannibal’ 

Bailey Brown
Updated December 26, 2019 304 votes 46 voters 1.5k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the puns which really tickle your tastebuds.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is known for his renowned psychiatry practice, his elaborate dinner parties, and his affinity for long pig; but perhaps one of his more niche skills is his ability to make a pun out of any occasion. Even his congratulations are a double entendre - when Dr. Lecter says "well done," he means both in your accomplishments and in the kitchen. Though the multifaceted chef holds himself accountable by only eating the rude, his definition of discourteousness aligns with his standard of eloquence. In other words, it would be in your best interest to laugh at his jokes. 

Bryan Fuller's three-part series Hannibal is a showcase of the doctor and his colleagues' best food-related puns. Alongside Hannibal's best meals are also his best jokes. 

"Next time, bring your wife. I’d love to have you both for dinner." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Season 1, Episode 2, "Amuse-Bouche"

"It’s nice to have an old friend for dinner." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 1, Episode 6, "Entrée"

"I'm full of myself." - Mason Verger 

Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

"Clearly, you found him as distasteful as I did." - Anthony Dimmond

Season 3, Episode 1, "Antipasto"

"Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

"My husband has a very sophisticated palate. He is very particular about how I taste." - Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier

Season 3, Episode 1, "Antipasto"

"I transferred my passion for anatomy into the culinary arts." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Season 1, Episode 7, "Sorbet"

"Play with your food, Mason, and you give it the opportunity to bite back." - Dr. Alana Bloom

Season 3, Episode 7, "Digestivo"

"My kitchen is always open to friends." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 1, Episode 5, "Coquilles"

"Whomever's pursuing whom in this very moment, I intend to eat them." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

"It was a particularly chatty lamb." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 1, Episode 6, "Entrée"

"You slice the ginger." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

 Season 2, Episode 10, "Naka-Choko"

"Papa always used to say meat was a people business." - Mason Verger

Season 3, Episode 6, "Dolce"

"We have to serve her better than Garret Jacob Hobbs." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Season 1, Episode 9, "Trou Normand"

"Well done." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Season 2, Episode 1, "Kaiseki"

"He didn't remove any of the brains. He just scrambled them." - Beverly Katz

Season 1, Episode 11, "Rôti"

"Don’t let the ripper stir you up." - Will Graham

Season 1, Episode 7, "Sorbet"

"Colons lose their novelty when overused." - Dr. Fredrick Chilton

Season 3, Episode 8, "The Great Red Dragon" 

"Free-range rude." - Will Graham 

Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

"Tree man actually bares fruit." - Jimmy Price

Season 2, Episode 6, "Futamono"