My top 5 favorite types of food videos to watch when bored
Not just your average cooking programs
We're in the middle of the dog days of summer when the weather is hot and the daylight is long. If you're like me, you prefer to spend this time hiding away in the air conditioning but it's easy to become bored. Here are my top 5 favorite kinds of food videos to watch (in no order) and I hope they can bust your boredom too.
Gordon Ramsay needs no introduction and Kitchen Nightmares is one of his most iconic programs. He ventures into the worst family-owned restaurants (UK and US) and investigates all that's gone wrong in an attempt to turn it around and help the business. When it works out, he revamps the menu and his team often does renovations. But sometimes it crashes and burns, and the famed chef concludes they can't be helped.
It's shocking to see how awful these restaurants are - dirty kitchens, disgusting food, and psycho staff. As someone who briefly worked in a restaurant like this, I can tell you it's very true to reality.
This is the one traditional cooking show for this list - Ina Garten is the Barefoot Contessa and her show has been on the Food Network for a number of years. My grandmother introduced me to her show; we love her recipe for these profiteroles.
Her food usually has a French flair and there's always plenty of fancy cocktails to go around. Ina's kitchen and garden are also a dream! There are some hilarious memes online that poke fun at her use of expensive, hard-to-find ingredients, but honestly that just makes her cooking that much more interesting.
Korean cafe vlogs
There is a ton of food ASMR on YouTube... Maybe you've heard the term "mukbang", where people indulge in huge quantities of food while streaming to a live audience. It emerged from South Korea around 2010 and catapulted into popularity across the world.
But South Korea has a much more tranquil kind of food ASMR that revolves around their 'aesthetic' cafe culture. Creators film themselves preparing an array of beautiful drinks and cute sweet treats. It's relaxing and satisfying to watch, and has given me ideas for cafe drinks and cakes that I can make at home. Look at how pretty everything is!
Good Mythical Morning
Another YouTube foodie find is Good Mythical Morning. They're not exclusively a food channel, but they have an immense amount of unique food-involved videos that are among their most popular. They've been a long time favorite of mine!
Their "Will It...?" series involves morphing foods into other foods (e.g. will Kit Kat chocolates make for good mac and cheese?). They do international taste tests and guess which country the food is from, and other blind taste tests where they guess name brands versus generic, and frozen versus fine dining.
Markets and street food
Last but not least is the world of markets and street food. It's fascinating to see the sheer variety of exotic foods from around the globe; it's like travelling while we can't, for now. Some of the cooking skills are also magnificent, their hands flutter like hyperactive butterflies with utmost speed and precision.
I prefer the silent vloggers who share their information via captions, as opposed to the more traditional tv-show style vlog. These are so much more immersive, don't you think?