Why pay for culinary school when these seven cooking shows in and out of Nigeria exist? If you happen to binge any of them, please consider yourself Chef Fregz’s colleague.
Iron Chef showcases underdogs trying to outdo world-renowned chefs to win the title of “Iron Legend”. My favourite line at the beginning of each episode is, “Allez cuisine.” I still have no idea what it means, but I feel like a trained French chef from Le Cordon Bleu every time I hear those words. Oui Oui.
The vibe Chopped gives me after each episode is that I’m Chef Fregz’s senior colleague, and I have a right to scruitinise every food he makes. A selling point of this show is that you never know what you’re going to get in a mystery basket. You can get octopus legs, chocolate and okra and you have to make it work.
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Million Pound Menu
Million Pound Menu will make you think you’re ready to start a restaurant and become the next Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Because watching a million-pound mea being preparedl is getting a masterclass on business for free.
Between watching how the investors pick food concepts they’re willing to sponsor and deciding what foods fit restaurant standards, what else do you need to know to run your own world-class food business?
This is one of the classics for anyone obsessed with cooking shows. And picking up the MasterChef title puts you at the top of the food chain in the food industry. So tell me why I can’t be employed as a chef after watching 12 seasons of this show. That’s at least a year’s worth of the time I’d spend in culinary school. Where’s my certificate please?
My Naija Plate
There aren’t a lot of Nigerian cooking shows off Youtube to binge, but My Naija Plate a new addition to Honey TV I’m oddly obsessed with. Now, you’re not going to learn how to cook the perfect filet mignion. But Chef Winnie Nwania (popularly known as Zeelicious) shows us that there’s more to life than the rice you eat three times a week. Let Sunday rice rest.
Off the Menu
Off the Menu used to be one of my favourite pass times in 2021. They still had the basics like stew and egusi on a few episodes. But the selling point for the show was watching Nigerian celebrities throw it down in the kitchen. There was range — one minute I could be learning how to make yam and beans from Tu Face and the next minute, it’s potato dauphinoise from Toni Tones.
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Watching Martha Stewart’s Cooking School is like watching your grandma teach you how to cook. Of course, you can’t readily find all the ingredients Martha talks about, in Nigeria. But you can pretend to know everything it takes to make a pumpkin pie from the comfort of your bed. And that’s the energy we’re going for.
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