YouTube can be a vast ocean of knowledge sometimes. Once you’re hooked, you can spend hours watching mindless video after mindless video. It can also be a useful tool for furthering one’s education. Like, let’s say, expanding one’s culinary abilities. The problem is, for the amateur cook, there’s an endless amount of videos on cooking. After a while, they kind of start to look the same.
We took some time sifting through YouTube and found some of the most notable chefs worth checking out. What sets these channels apart from every other joe cook on YouTube is the fact that each offer something crazy, fun, or unique you can’t see anywhere else.
Epic Meal Time
WHO: A bunch of guys taking the extremities of fast-food and creation monstrous meals from them. Watch them make things like giant pork cheetos, artery clogging bacon burgers and even ride a tank with former governor and Kindergarten Cop, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
WHY: Because, bacon.
SUBSCRIBERS: 6.4 million
WHO: An enthusiastic bartender who teaches the internet to mix exciting drinks you probably can’t learn anywhere else. Every week he’s accompanied by a new young lady eager to try his … recipe.
WHY: Anyone hoping to make drinks to impress friends and loved ones get a first hand lesson in mixology. This guy does cool cocktails like the alien brain hemorrhage and rainbow shots. Bonus, he also teaches you the science behind the drinks.
Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time
WHO: A group of Sweds who cook every day dishes in the most violent and metal way possible.
WHY: Between hilariously face-paced cuts and the violent displays of culinary arts, it’s actually a pretty hilarious combination. It also helps that they chef is snarly the most generic phrases in Swedish.
WHO: Rosanna Pansino, aka Nerdy Nummys, covered everything from desserts to well, more desserts. But hey, they look pretty darn cool! From Angry Birds cupcakes to Super Mario Mushroom cake pops, this lady definitely has the gamer spirit.
WHY: Nerdy Nummys caters to the geek and diabetics in all of us. With cute gamer-themed desserts, you can easily find a video or two that resonates. Plus everything is just so darn colorful.
SUBSCRIBERS: 2.4 million
My Drunk Kitchen
WHO: Who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine while cooking? Not Hannah Hart, that’s for sure. It’s not the food that you watch her for, it’s the hilarious boozy monologue she provides in each video.
WHY: Cause cooking while drunk is hilarious, but watching someone cook drunk is even funnier.
SUBSCRIBERS: 1.3 million
WHO: Chef John Mitzewich. Super informative guy that sounds like a culinary Seth Rogan.
WHY: Nothing but dialogue and macro shoots of food porn. The guy is personable and keeps his videos short and to the point. Almost all of his videos are less than 5 minutes long. Because time in the kitchen is crazy valuable.
How to Cook That
WHO: An Australian chef that specializes in cakes, desserts and sweets.
WHY: She makes awesome desserts like the Instagram cake or Twitter cake all with a dope Australian accent.
WHO: Director Adam Pesapane, aka PES, is a guy that makes cooking videos using everyday household items as the base of his foods. Why? Because he animates each cooking video from start to finish.
WHY: Who doesn’t love watching stop motion food being made. The amount of work and detail they put into these cooking videos is ridiculous. Sadly, they require a bit of funding to produce each vid, so not too many videos out there. Still worth checking out though.
WHO: A recent internet sensation that swept the world last week with her hilarious videos of Sweet Treats for Kids. Auntie Fee cooks straight from her come kitchen, typically with a family member filming her instructional videos.
WHY: This foul-mouth chef with a heart of gold can easily teach you to cook and give you a chuckle the way only family could. Just the way she describes things makes you want to sit through an entire 20-minute video only 30 seconds into viewing.
Honorable Mention: Great Depression Cooking
Clara Cannucciari educated the world through her cooking dishes from the era of the Great Depression. The 98-year-old chef created dishes she ate growing up and explained each dish’s significance, especially during the time when people had so little to eat. Clara died Nov. 29, 2013.
So whether you’re in need of a simple dish, an intriguing drink, a crazy dessert, or just want to watch something cool. We highly recommend all these channels. Just make sure you don’t start watching on an empty stomach. Trust us, you’re gonna get hungry.