If you haven’t heard of First We Feast, you may have heard of one of the channel’s many ongoing series: “Hot Ones,” “Tacos Con Todo,” “Snacked” and many, many others. The general premise of these segments is usually the same: interviewing celebrities over a type of food. Though these interviews can focus on the meal, they’ll often use the food to enhance or challenge their interviewees during personal questions.
In “Hot Ones,” we watch as celebrities are interviewed while eating progressively hotter chicken wings. The series has had countless famous people from a variety of walks of life appear on it, including Gordon Ramsay, Bear Grylls and Kevin Bacon. A subgame of “Hot Ones” is also featured, titled “Truth or Dab,” in which contestants must reveal a truth about themselves or face the heat of a hot wing. In fact, the concept is so popular that Focus on the Family’s Live It made a similar video while teaching about the term “Spiritual Quotient.”
“Tacos Con Todo” takes viewers on a journey around Southern California to find the best tacos while conversing with famous comedians.
In “Pizza Wars,” pizzaiola Nicole Russell battles it out against (typically) famous contestants in a pizza-themed competition. She and her opponent are judged by a third party, and one of them is declared the winner.
And still the offerings go on. “Snacked” lets viewers learn about the favorite snacks of various celebrities. “Burger Scholar Sessions” teaches us all about burgers—how they’re made, their history, different techniques and styles and more.
There’s many other segments that are or have been featured on the channel, including “The Burger Show,” “Cone Heads” and “Sean in the Wild,” but the general theme of food and celebrities remains constant through nearly every upload.
The primary purpose of the channel is, of course, to learn more about various celebrities through the food they make, eat and sometimes love. Those tuning into First We Feast will learn a lot about these stars on a more personal level. This will remind viewers that, though celebrities are often idolized, they’re regular people like the rest of us.
In many of the segments (and particularly in “Burger Scholar Sessions”), viewers will learn a lot about the food the respective segments center around. We’ll also see a bit of spirited competition, such as in “Pizza Wars.”
The channel comes with a bit of the same heat its “Hot Ones” segment is known for. Viewers can expect to hear a large amount of heavy swearing, both from hosts of the segments and from the various guests they bring on. It’s not uncommon to hear God’s name taken in vain as well as instances of “f—,” “s—” and even the c-word.
We’ll also hear similar amounts of sexual references, whether it’s simply references to anatomy, sensual jokes or more serious talks on sexual harassment. There’s also reference to pornography and stripping in a “Hot Ones” interview we watched, and there’s a reference to masturbation and drug use in a “Tacos Con Todo” interview.
We’ll also hear very occasional discussions on theology and atheism. In a “Hot Ones” interview with Ricky Gervais, Gervais gives an argument for atheism (though it should be noted that his argument is based on a false presupposition about Christianity and the existence of God in general).
An older segment (which seems to be discontinued) called “That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It” centers around drinking various kinds of beer. We’ll also occasionally hear references to drinking or intoxication.
For those who want to know more about their favorite celebrities and also have a hankering for culinary treats, First We Feast provides an original outlet for that unique desire. However, with the channel’s massive amount of celebrity guests and its unrestrictive nature, viewers should be aware that they’ll be subjected to heavy swearing and a large amount of sexual talk.
Readers should additionally be aware that, because of the channel’s hundreds of interviews, even the content concerns listed in this review may not cover the questionable things that interviewees may bring up.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”