Watch This Famous Chef Make a Gourmet Meal Out of Dorm Room Leftovers

Finding ways to eat in a dorm room is a different level of challenge for any college student. Some might be masters of the microwave. Others might adhere pretty strictly to the dining hall menu. Personally, I was a big time PB+ J guy, only occasionally dabbling with milk and cereal to mix things up. Jimmy Fallon, at least briefly, changed the equation for a few college students, as he brought world-renowned chef Eric Ripert into a dorm to help re-purpose some leftovers and snacks into a three-course meal.

For a Tonight Show segment, Fallon took Ripert—a three-Michelin-starred chef—to dorms in St. John’s University in Queens. Ripert took ingredients that were just sitting around in a dorm—”stoners,” he noted, seeing a box of Cap’n Crunch—and turned them into near-gourmet snacks.

First came a ‘Dormet Cheeto Omelet,’ which consisted of 4 eggs, a bag of cheetos, salt, pepper, and a butter packet. Ripert said that the cheesy snack would add texture to the omelet.

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Next, the main course would be ‘Leftover Burger Bolognese,’ which is made up of a pair of chopped up leftover hamburgers from the refrigerator, mixed with tomato soup and served over two cups of instant ramen (chicken flavoring powder included!), all served on a dish. This might sound somewhat pedestrian (and I won’t lie, it does not look all that appetizing), but the review from a student was glowing: “It’s amazing!”


The last course—the dessert—is both the most salivating and the easiest to make yourself. It’s a ‘Mom’s Ice Cream Sandwich,’ as Ripert calls it, and the only ingredients needed are Vanilla Ice Cream, two cookies, and a bag of M&Ms. The students have a big ziploc bag of chocolate chip cookies, and Ripert takes it from there.

He melts some of the M&Ms down to liquid form, and drizzes it over the pair of cookies, which have since had some vanilla ice cream placed between them. He then sprinkles some still-solid M&Ms on top of the chocolate drizzle. As the temperatures adjust, it would seem possible that the melted chocolate could even harden up, which would make for an absolutely delicious variable.

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All of these options that Ripert helps prepare sound great, but it also proves one ever-lasting point when painted into a corner: a little creativity can go a long way. What can your M&M ice cream sandwich be?

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