In the mid 2000s, Andrew Rea began a YouTube channel combining his love for culinary arts and film. He called it Binging with Babish, a name derived from a popular TV show.
Now, with more than eight million subscribers, Mr. Babish has changed the name of his channel to Babish Culinary Universe. Here, he posts high-quality videos, some of which feature recipes he’s found from his favorite films and shows, like “butterbeer” from Harry Potter or “moistmaker” from Friends.
But with a new name comes more categories for his followers: Basics With Babish focuses on simple, basic recipes everyone is sure to love. Binging With Babish features specialty recipes found from popular culture, Being With Babish includes random videos from everything to car giveaways to book tours. And then there are also Live Cook-A-Longs as well as competitive videos against famous chef Sohla El-Waylly.
If you want to learn to cook, I mean really learn to cook, this might be the channel for you. Not only are these videos entertaining, they’re also extremely educational and easy to watch.
Babish reaches out to some of his fans who have suffered tragedies and have fallen on hard times. He treats them to tours, merchandise and tries to encourage them.
Some small clips of the movies and television shows featured in his videos are not family friendly. Like Futurama, where a man eats dog food in his underwear. These clips usually last no longer than 5 to 20 seconds, but they can still include content parents won’t be excited about for little kids.
A few videos show Babish having a bit too much to drink as he whips up certain alcoholic beverage recipes. Babish also occasionally curses, although his language is generally bleeped out.
There are a few minor issues to take note of here. But overall, Babish Culinary Universe is definitely an educational galaxy of cuisine aspiring chefs will enjoy.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).