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"Follow along with my torso every week as I recreate the iconic and obscure foods from your favorite movies and TV shows, all in dazzling 4K. We'll make some delicious dishes, have a little fun, and if you're not careful, you might just learn a thing or two."
Andrew "OliverBabish" Rea
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Binging With Babish (sometimes abbreviated to BWB) is a YouTube-based cooking show hosted by food enthusiast and hobbyist chef Andrew "OliverBabish" Rea. Each episode sees Andrew attempting to accurately replicate a food and/or recipe that appears in either a film or a TV show, using descriptions from the movie or show combined with his own culinary knowledge. If the food in question doesn't work, ends up being inedible, or could otherwise be improved upon, he then attempts to create a better version. Some episodes cover multiple dishes from one piece of media, or showcase variations of a food from different works, such as the "Cocktail Special" episode.

The show debuted in February 2016, and after hitting 100,000 subscribers in January 2017, it quickly exploded in popularity, making it all the way to 1 million subscribers in less than five months. The channel hit the 3 million subscriber mark in August 2018 and is still growing.

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The show also became affiliated with other major cooking channels, such as You Suck At Cooking and First We Feast, and did several collaborations with other channels, like Cocktail Chemistry and Bon Appétit magazine's It's Alive! with Brad [Leone].

In October 2017 he released a cookbook, Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, containing recipes he's done on the show (and some he hasn't).

On October 12, 2017, Andrew launched a subseries, Basics with Babish, to help people who are just starting cooking.

On March 19, 2019, Andrew announced a series by the name of Being with Babish, featuring he and his friend/collaborator Sawyer visiting/helping fans (with It's Alive!'s Vincent "Vinny" Cross as cameraman). It launched on March 22nd.

On Sept 24, 2020, Andrew renamed the channel "Babish Culinary Universe" and unveiled the first show with a different host - Stump Sohla, starring Sohla El-Waylly (formerly of Bon Appetit). The name change is to better reflect the variety of shows the channel hosts alongside Binging With Babish.

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Also, for full, detailed versions of the recipes from each of the episodes, please see the the Binging With Babish website.

Compare to How To Drink, which is like if Binging with Babish specialized in Mixed Drinks.


Binging With Babish has the following tropes:

  • 420, Blaze It: Andrew has admitted he enjoys smoking "Jazz cigarettes" from time to time, so he wasn't going to pass up on the jokes when he released a video on April 20, 2021. During the creation process of the Space Cake from High Maintenance, he finds it curious that both the vegetable oil and butter is curiously green in color. By the end of the episode he goes all in and acts totally baked after eating a slice of the cake.
  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Frequently invoked, when even he seems surprised that dishes that were probably designed by a TV writer on a lunch break actually turn out tasting pretty good. A particular one was the Twinkie Wiener Sandwich, where, despite its simple ingredients, seeming Cordon Bleugh Chef nature, and Nutritional Nightmare look, actually tasted pretty good, and even his attempt to "improve" it resulted in something he found less appetizing.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Numerous examples:
    • Episode 61 (The Wire) stands out.
      At this point, you can keep these fries frozen for up to three months, so you can have fresh fries whenever you fancy. But for now, I want fries in my face forthwith.
    • Episode 23, "Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce" he describes Szechuan as having "fruity floral flavors."
    • After he finished making Double Triple Bossy Deluxe on a Raft, Babish tried to eat it, but says that it’s “not the most structurally sound sandwich I’ve ever swallowed.”
  • Affectionate Parody: In his contribution to the Leftovers Challenge (a fundraising effort for the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation), Andrew briefly imitates the distinctive speech pattern of chef John Mitzewich, host of the fellow cooking channel Food Wishes. A clip of Walter White, with a still photo of Chef John's head pasted on, then warns Andrew to "stay out of [his] territory," to which Andrew hastily apologizes. Chef John himself commented that he loved the video.
  • April Fools:
    • He makes "traditional Japanese donuts" from the English dub of Pokémon for his April 1st, 2019 episode. (He makes actual riceballs the next day.)
    • In the video he released on March 31st, 2020, he creates the Imaginary Pie from Hook by using an imaginary set of ingredients and the creation process of the pie. The pie only turns real once it has been completely made. He shows the actual creation process afterward, while also showing the imaginary footage in the corner, and making sure to make the same goofs and mistakes to mimic the footage perfectly.note 
    • 2021 had two jokes:
      • His weekly Tuesday video from March 31st starts off by mimicking the ads on youtube videos in order to actually advertise the launch of his Babish cookware line. The "Skip" button in the lower corner counted down to "ERROR 404 - PART OF VIDEO - GOTCHA"
      • On April 1st proper, it's suggested that Alvin from "About To Eat" snuck into Andrew's house at 3 AM in order to cook up the "Gotcha Pork Roast"note  from Food Wars!.
  • Alliterative Title: Binging With Babish. Sometimes abbreviated to BWB.
  • Author Appeal: Frasier.
    • For a while the opening theme of the series was "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs".
    • During the episode on il timpano from Big Night, he mentions that he watched the show for six hours while cooking.
    • A special on it after co-star John Mahoney died was made.
    • In one episode, he gets into an argument with his cameraman if Daphne or Roz is hotter.
    • He sometimes uses the show's episodes as units of measure for cooking times.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • With some ingredients, such as puff pastry in the first episode he did on Mad Men, Andrew finds that as cool as it might be to make them homemade, the process is so time-consuming that it would be much easier to just pick them up at a store.
    • Similarly, Andrew bluntly points out in "Szechuan Sauce Revisited" that you could just go and buy Chicken McNuggets instead of making them at home.
    • Most of the Movie Theater Popcorn & Raisinets from Whiplash episode ends up this, with Andrew making chocolate covered raisins and cranberries. However, he makes them with Dark Chocolate (which he prefers), painstakingly coating each individually. The results turn out not to work when mixed with the popcorn as the Dark Chocolate clashes with the buttery flavor of the popcorn, making the store-bought chocolate raisins (covered in Milk Chocolate) a better choice.
    • In the "Lemon Pepper Wet from Atlanta'', he makes his own Lemon Pepper seasoning, while admitting from upfront that it's a waste of time and effort and that the viewer should just buy readily available commercial Lemon Pepper seasoning.
    • Again with Créme de la Créme á la Edgar he pretty much tells the viewer to just go out and buy some damn Ritz crackers.
    • Bubble Bass' memetic order at the Krusty Krab ends up becoming a Dagwood Sandwich, borderline impossible to stack up properly since it's less of a burger and more of the line of something Shaggy and Scooby would try to create.
    • He makes homemade "instant" Macaroni and Cheese from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    • His Metaphorgotten monologue when hand-pulling the noodles for Secret Ingredient Soup is an extended lampshading of this.
    • Pointedly lampshaded aversion in the Basics episode on baklava, in which he uses frozen phyllo dough:
      Next up, we gotta talk phyllo dough, and if you were expecting me to make my own, you must be thinking this is Binging and not Basics.
    • The "Bachelor Chow" from Futurama he makes is freeze-dried boeuf bourguignon. It tastes perfect, but unless you have a massively expensive freeze dryer lying around, you should probably just make the boeuf bourguignon and skip the freeze drying. Actually, even if you do have a freeze dryer, you should probably skip that unless you're absolutely dying to do the process.
  • Badass Baritone: He's known for having a deep, soothing voice that helpfully complements his videos.
    • In the comments of his Bob's Burgers-themed video, one commenter noted that he kind of sounds like a decongested Bob Belcher.
    • This becomes funnier when H. Jon Benjamin, the voice of Bob, collaborated with Babish on a cocktail video.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Andrew makes a point of saying that he's not going to use real blood in the Game of Thrones blood pie... before admitting that yes, he is, in fact, doing so (pig's blood, to be exact).
    • In "The Moistmaker", Andrew starts off by claiming he will use store-bought processed ingredients to make the titular sandwich before admitting he's just fucking with the viewers. He then proceeds to make cranberry sauce and stuffing from scratch and cooks a fresh turkey which he then hand-carves in order to make the sandwich.
    • Does this twice in "Instant Macaroni and Cheese".
      The only way to make truly shelf-stable cheese product is to freeze-dry your cheese, but home freeze dryers start at about $2,000, so it'd be crazy for me to order one, right? Anyway, it'll be here in about 2 weeks.
      [...]
      The only way to make this more gourmet is to make the pasta from scratch, but that'd be crazy, right? Anyway, we want to make the right kind of pasta dough for extrusion.
    • The Twinkie Wiener Sandwich looks completely unappetizing, and Babish was expecting it to taste horrible before immediately changing his opinion mid-sentence and polishing the whole thing off on camera.
    • "Brock's Jelly Donuts" was an entire bait-and-switch episode, with Andrew making jelly donuts that reasonably look like what's shown in the American dub of Pokémon while repeatedly saying he doesn't know much about Japanese cuisine. Once done, he reveals he was just screwing with his audience as an April Fool's Day prank and that the next episode would show how to make onigiri from the original Japanese dialogue of the show.
  • Beat:
    • Played straight in the Pasta Aglio e Olio episode when he fails to peel garlic with the Tupperware method.
      Babish: You have perfectly peeled... oh, that didn't really work, did it?
      [grabs scotch from pantry]
      Babish: I-I guess we're gonna peel these by hand, so get your tools ready...
      [pours a stiff one]
      Babish: ...and get to peeling.
      [beat]
      Babish: Be sure to use your scotch as necessary.
    • Also from The Perfect Bite, when asking his girlfriend Jess about the duck carbonara he made for her:
      Babish: But seriously, do you like it?
      Jess: Seriously, I love it. Plus, dude, you made duck bacon. Definitely a member of the clean Jess club.
      [beat]
      Babish: What?
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • The Peep Show rum, water, lettuce, vinegar, and salt cocktail is the first accurate show cocktail recipe Babish has done that he flat out stated there was no making it good.
    • Likewise, breakfast dessert pasta is the first accurate movie recipe that Andrew doesn't even attempt to improve. The video ends with him forcing down one bite before switching to regular pasta to wash the taste out.
      • For laughs, it's one of the recipes he did include in his recipe book Eat What You Watch. The blurb at the top of the recipe advises against making it.
    • The car panini was so disgusting that Babish had no idea how to make it better.
  • Buffy Speak: Sometimes Andrew doesn't know or forgets the proper name for an item or cooking technique and just describes it.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Let those flavors get to know each other."
    • "Let's get down to basics" for Basics With Babish.
    • "We can do better" whenever he's going to improve upon a recipe that doesn't work in real life, such as the Chocolate Salty Balls or Moonwaffles.
    • "Scrape up all that good stuff off the bottom of the pot..."
    • "I feel like I'm saying 'type of food' a lot," usually followed by him attempting to give it a different name that fails quickly.
  • Chewing the Scenery: At the end of Caprese Salad episode, Andrew pretends to audition for the role of Joseph Joestar by going full ham and belting out his over-the-top reactions.
    Andrew: OH NOOOOOOOOOO!! OH MY GOOOOOOOOODDDD!!!!
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • He lets out one of these after accidentally cutting himself by using a mandolin without a hand-guard. Quite fitting, considering the episode covered the foods of South Park.
    • Happens again during an episode of Being with Babish after he tries to sneak a taste of brewing whiskey by sticking his finger directly into a boiling vat of the stuff.
    • Happens as a reference to the famous "Corn Baller" running gag in the Arrested Development episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the "Brock's Donuts" episode, he spends the majority of the video seemingly very sure that the food item depicted was a genuine jelly-filled donut (rather than a clumsy Cultural Translation) and working out a reasonable method of constructing a donut that would look like that. At the end he admits it was an April Fools' Day video and he'll make onigiri for real in the next episode.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Andrew himself is a skilled cook, but he invokes this for the sake of accuracy and/or humor towards a disgusting dish, such as the Elf dessert pasta or Homer's Moon Waffles. He'll then try to make an appetizing version of the dish.
    • Peter Griffin's car panini ended up leaving a mess in his car and was too vile to take a second bite. He tried recreating it in the kitchen, but the combinations of Reese's chocolate, Cadbury Creme Eggs, and Doritos still proved too much to stomach.
    • The Every Meat Burrito was made by gathering 18 different exotic types of meat including alligator, rattlesnake, kangaroo, and even bull testicles. He literally couldn't swallow a bite because most of the meats need to be properly cooked for hours on end to bring out their flavor or textures. He attempted to remake it by only using various types of Mexican-style pork, and ended up making an even larger burrito that was quite delicious.
    • The Overnight Salad is lettuce, cheese, lemon juice, far too much mayonnaise, too many raisins, too much pepper, hot dogs, and Fritos drowned in root beer then topped with cookiesnote , pizza, even more mayo, and a maraschino cherry. In short, a soggy haphazard mishmash of sweet and savory smothered in root beer-infused mayo. Even leaving out the quarter and not simulating the overnight stay on the radiator on the basis that he didn't want to die because of a parody of terrible recipes from The '50s, Andrew found this monstrosity of a salad absolutely revolting.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: invoked
    • In the $5 Shake episode, Andrew decides to make the "world's most expensive milkshake"note , ultimately producing a shake that Andrew estimates would retail for around $200note .
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Not an actual battle but in the very first episode, Babish declares Ron Swanson's Burger to be way better than Chris Traeger's East Meets West Turkey Burger. This is on top of the former having virtually no steps other than just cook the meat and put it on the bun. Chris's East Meets West burger didn't stand a chance.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Bubble Bass' order was a twenty-four patty patty melt, which Andrew diligently made over the course of six hours.
    • Also, Jake's "Perfect Sandwich", which in Babish's version contained a steak and a whole Cornish game-hen, among other things.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Andrew, though his humor is more on the deadpan side than outright snark.
  • Defictionalizationinvoked: The premise of the show is recreating dishes seen in entertainment media, and some of these dishes are wholly fictional.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Andrew does NOT like cilantro, which he once even called "the Devil's lettuce". The times a recipe calls for cilantro, he'll still use it for the sake of accuracy but make a point of mentioning his dislike of it. note  In his Basics video for Chicken Tikka Masala, he mentions his dislike of cilantro as an "affliction", which means he seems to be aware of the genetic condition.
  • Dog Food Diet: When recreating Futurama's "Bachelor Chow", he quickly concludes that there's not actually such a thing as dog-food-for-humans, and so the most accurate available alternative is... actual dog food. He is not happy about having to taste-test it.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • invoked After making Kevin's famous chili, Andrew decides to go the extra mile (because as he states, he's all about accuracy and faithfulness to the source material) and serve it appropriately: spilled onto a carpet. A "low-quality poly-fiber carpet", like you would see in an office, to be exact.
    • The Death Sandwich isn't anything to sneeze at (it's a fair amount of meat), but it isn't going to kill you if you eat it wrong. To fulfill the idea of a potentially lethal meal, Andrew enlists the help of Chef Masaharu Morimoto to add fugu to the sandwich, a fish that will absolutely kill you if it isn't prepared properly.
    • While in New Orleans, Babish and Rashid went out of their way to put in the time and energy to do a shot-for-shot remake of Homer's food tour of New Orleans.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Before attempting the Meat Tornado burrito, Andrew calls up Physician Nutrition Specialist Dr. Michael Rothkopf for advice on figuring out just how much meat in a dish could actually kill someone, since the show's clip mentioned that someone died trying to eat it. It was settled on two pounds of meat, so Andrew went from there. On top of mentioning that nobody should actually try to eat the burrito for themselves, he liberally doused the burrito in The Last Dab hot sauce that he was gifted from his time on Hot Ones. Andrew comments that he would make an effort to add it to the clean plate club, but the hot sauce acted as quite the deterrent for him to stop.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The torso and hands of Andrew's friend and then-roommate, Rashid, first appear in the thirteenth episode (Fish Tacos from I Love You, Man), ten months before we ever see his face or hear his voice.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode (Parks and Rec burger cook off) was made before Andrew ever intended to make a series, only existing as a test of food lighting. It is missing the usual intro, and Andrew doesn't take the same effort, as usual, to keep his face off-camera. Also, although it involves him making not one but two sandwiches, he doesn't cut into his burgers to show a cross-section.
  • Epic Fail
    • When making Eggs in a Nest, Andrew managed to screw up the bread-making process 5 times before deciding to measure by weight instead of volume and got it right the first time.
    • The "Pizza from Deadpool" episode has him beginning the process of placing the pizza dough onto the oiled countertop... only to realize once it's on the counter that he forgot an important step... Specifically, said oiling.
    • He makes homemade ladyfingers and custard for Superbad's tiramisu and fully assembles it, only to realize once he picks it up that he assembled the cake tray wrong and the whole thing just falls out the bottom onto the floor.
  • Everything Except Most Things: The description of the biscuits and gravy episode of "Basics with Babish" opens with "It is nearly impossible to turn down biscuits and gravy. Unless you are vegetarian, vegan, celiac, lactose intolerant, kosher, or have even a modicum of appreciation for or understanding of your basic human health."
  • Excuse Plot: Some of the simpler television dishes are used as an excuse to make homemade versions of the ingredients.
    • The bagel sandwiches from Steven Universe means he gets to make his own bagels, as the sandwich is mundane otherwise.
    • The Raspberry Pasty from Antman And The Wasp is nothing more than a store-bought Entenmann's Raspberry Danish Twist. Andrew stated he had no desire to try to improve upon perfection, and just wanted an excuse to make pastries for Jess.
    • The "Broodwich" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an excuse to make homemade lunch meats.
    • Lampshaded in the intro of the Chicken Kiev episode.
    Andrew: Hey what's up guys, and welcome back to "They said it on TV and I wanted to eat it so I'm gonna make it," With Babish.
  • The Faceless:
    • Andrew deliberately keeps his face out of frame in order to keep the focus on the cooking while he narrates in a voiceover. For the first two years, this was occasionally subverted in short, incidental moments when preparing the food or in involuntary reactions to particularly bad tastes.
    • Directly averted in his 1 million subscriber special, where he revealed his face to thank the viewers and give a tour of his apartment. He began showing his face a little more often thereafter, such as for the 2 million sub special, where he answers some fan questions while driving out of town to go shopping for exotic meats, and the Hot Pepper Challenge made to honor his late friend Garmt who had recently passed from ALS; his roommate Rashid also shows his face for the first time in the latter. The Garbage Plate episode is a rare non-special with both Andrew and Rashid on-camera to show how much better homemade pasta salad is than store-bought.
    • Also averted on Basics with Babish; Andrew gives a brief on-camera introduction to each episode.
  • Food Porn: But of course. A common example occurs whenever Andrew makes a sandwich, burger, or other multi-layered device, and slices it in half to show the cross-section.
    • Cheesy food should always show a good cheese stretch.
  • Foreshadowing: Coupled with Spot the Thread; in the tiramisu episode, when Andrew is filling up his springform pan, you can clearly see the latch on it is backward.
  • Fun with Subtitles: During the Squid Ink Spaghetti episode, the subtitles write the name of the dish's most-used kitchen tool as "『stand』mixer".
  • Gone Horribly Wrong:
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: In his Basics for Millionaire's Short Bread, he calls dibs on "Chocolate Temper."
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In celebration of Groundhog Day, Andrew makes the angel food cake from Groundhog Day, and finds himself in a time loop. He uses the first loop as a chance to improve his skills and make a second, better improved cake. On the second loop he starts raging out on the alarm clock.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though he admits that pre-shredded cheese would have worked fine for the first re-imagining of the Pizza Ball, he still grates "just a whole sh*t-ton" of mozzarella by hand, because...
    Andrew: ...No way, dude. Not in my house.
  • I Like My X Like I Like My Y: When making the gravy for the Moistmaker sandwich from Friends, Andrew quips, "I like my gravy like I like my women — thin and rich." He then apologizes for it.
  • Insistent Terminology: Andrew makes it clear in his Hot Ones episode that he is not a chef, he's a home cook. He can cook very well but he does not consider it the same as working in a kitchen and feeding hundreds of people a day, and respects those who do it for a living.
  • Jump Scare: Played for Laughs in the Basics With Babish: Grilling episode. Andrew is having trouble operating various types of grilling units, so Shannon from Ace Hardware poofs up behind him out of nowhere in a puff of smoke and gives him multiple jumps. He expects her to show up by the third time, but she still gets him.
    Andrew: Oh my god, Shannon! You are haunting me with helpfulness!
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: For the Twinkie Wiener Sandwich, Babish admits that "Weird Al" Yankovic's imagination is a better cook than he is, as his gourmet attempt at creating the sandwich from scratch doesn't hold a candle to the real deal.
  • Lemony Narrator: Andrew's silky smooth voice and slightly offbeat humor are half the reason to watch the show.
  • Long List: The Every-Meat Burrito. It includes chicken, beef, pork, lobster, shrimp, fish, duck, lamb, turkey, bison, cornish game hen, goose, pheasant, quail, rabbit, squab, venison, boar, alligator, antelope, caribou, elk, ostrich, turtle, rattlesnake, and kangaroo. Plus bacon. And bull testicles.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Because of the fact that "Eggs in a Nest" has been featured in several different shows and movies, people in the comments congratulated him for finally doing a Frasier episode.note 
    • The episode concerning cannolis from The Godfather. "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." may be one of the most classic lines from the film, but the cannolis in question never actually appeared on-screen; Andrew just wanted an excuse to make cannolis.
    • Andrew also used the mere mention of a garbage plate in The Place Beyond the Pines as an excuse to make the Rochester classic.
    • Also a mere mention was Jim Gaffigan's Cinnabon routine, which Andrew openly admitted was an excuse to make homemade cinnamon rolls.
    • He uses Jon Stewart's notorious rant about Chicago Deep Dish pizza from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as an excuse to try making it.
  • Lost in Translation: The jokes behind releasing a marijuana-themed episode on April 20th was a source of confusion for many of the international audience, as the comments for the Space Cake video reminded American viewers that almost everyone else in the world writes down the date at 20/4.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Andrew hates cilantro and has referred to it as “the Devil’s lettuce”, as well as "chopped green soap”.
  • Masochist's Meal: Andrew always taste-tests his replications of fictional dishes, even if common sense dictates that said dishes should be unpalatable at best if prepared as the medium indicates, which Andrew does to the best of his ability.
  • Metaphorgotten: in "The Secret Ingredient Soup from Kung Fu Panda", Andrew goes through the laborious process of his first attempt at making lamian (Chinese-style pulled noodles) by hand—a process that about 3 hours of constant kneading, stretching, and folding that Andrew did for the sake of showing how it's done.
    Andrew: About the only advice I can offer you is just don't give up. Sure, anyone can go to their local Asian grocer and get fresh noodles that are arguably better than what you can make yourself, and it would be cheap, and it would be easy, and it would be convenient, and it wouldn't physically exhaust you, but I... I can't quite remember what my point was here.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: For the Giant Pancakes from Uncle Buck, he found that he was unable to make pancakes (which, according to the movie, were flipped with a snow shovel) of the size that would have "the John Candy seal of approval", even with the help of Dan Souza of America's Test Kitchen. His solution? Use a robot arm from the Autodesk robot labs (whose lab is below the Test Kitchen studios) to flip the pancakes.
    • Deconstructed with the "ram don" noodles from Parasite, which are cheap noodles topped with incredibly expensive gourmet beef. Babish goes into the social implications of this dish and how it cleverly highlights the financial disparity in the movie, but dismissing the dish itself (as originally described, anyway) as a grotesque flaunting of wealth, comparing it to adding black truffle to a Big Mac and calling both "a showy misuse of an expensive and unnecessary ingredient".
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction:
    • Andrew pointedly decides there is no way to make the rum, water, lettuce, vinegar, and salt cocktail drinkable.
    • Rashid's reaction to store-bought pasta salad in a blind taste test for the Garbage Plate episode.
    • Even with a loss of sense of taste and smell caused by what could be COVID-19note , he could tell that Kenan & Kel's Cold Cure was absolutely hideous, and he visibly showed disgust on camera.
    Babish: I couldn't get any actual flavor, but it felt like I had just put cleaning supplies in my mouth or something.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: It kind of comes with the territory. Plenty of the examples on that page have been attempted, with varying degrees of success, including Moon Waffles.
  • Obligatory Joke: During the Cocktail Special, Andrew shows the very brief recipe for sweet vermouth, rocks, with a twist... which he then repeats (although he cuts it off near the end, apologizing for the joke).
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: As the original faithful recreation of the "Ultimeatum" demonstrated, the entire concept was just a terrible idea. Except for the Himalayan ketchup, which he absolutely adored (no small feat, since he usually heaps scorn upon homemade ketchup for being very time-consuming but never significantly improving upon the stuff in the bottle).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He's fond of invoking this in his 'Being with Babish' segments, often just changing his clothing or putting on a hat. It generally doesn't work because people recognize his beard.
  • Precision F-Strike: Dropped in its uncensored glory in an outtake after the contents drop from the ring mold in the tiramisu episode.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • During the Krabby Patty Supreme episode:
      Babish: While that heats up, it’s time to batter our burger. Words I never thought I say.
    • And then again a little later:
      Babish: And then it’s time to double batter our burger. Something I really never thought I say.
    • During the Twinkie Wiener Sandwich episode:
      Babish: And as you can see it's a little dark, but it has the makings of a gourmet savoury Twinkie, a sentence that I never thought I'd say.
  • Real Men Cook: Andrew's a more mature, masculine guy than his job description would indicate.
  • Running Gag:
    • Andrew's deliberate and varied mispronunciations of "Worcestershire", whenever the sauce is used. His pronunciation of "saucepan" (closer to "saucep'n") has also become a gag, especially as he extends the pronunciation to other kitchen pans (e.g. "fryingp'n").
      • Stockp't.
    • Egregious and messy plating mistakes whenever an episode is sponsored by paper towel company Bounty.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Invoked whenever Andrew decides to improve upon a given food item.
    • Since the "World's Greatest Sandwich" is just a BLT with cheese and a fried egg, Andrew decided to go through the time and effort to make homemade bread in order for the video to have more content.
    • Before McDonalds came out and rereleased it, Andrew decided to make "Szechuan Sauce" from scratch based on what he thought it would taste like. When it was re-released, he got his hands on a sample and the recipe and attempted to make an exact replica.
    • Since, based on appearance, the Big Kahuna burger looks like just a regular cheeseburger, Andrew decided to go the extra mile and (after making that burger) make what he thinks a Hawaiian-style burger would be like.
    • In a similar vein, he improves on the Krabby Patty by adding more ingredients to increase its savoriness and assembles it in what he considers the proper order.
    • After making the Ultimeatum, Andrew decides to improve upon it with more flavor variety (meaning more meats and no buns soaked in burger juice).
    • While making an actually palatable version of the Every-Meat Burrito was out of the question, Andrew made an Every-Pork Burrito based on several Mexican pork dishes/products (plus bacon) that was actually tasty and even larger in size than the Every Meat.
    • Andrew improved on Rachel's trifle with the result being not awful, though still not great.
    • Similarly, improving on Beet and Acorn Cookies resulted in cookies that were not disgusting but still inferior to pretty much any other kind of cookie.
    • The Cheesy Blaster was simple enough that he made it twice, with the second attempt using a better pepperoni pizza. He then made a third one in the form of a calzone from scratch.
    • Averted with the Car Panini; after making it more structured with the second attempt, Andrew suddenly felt stumped over how to make the sandwich somewhat palatable, so he has turned the challenge over to the viewers, with the winner's recipe being featured in the three-million subscriber special.
    • The three-day potato salad was easy enough on the first go, as Babish noted that the potato salad shown appeared to be the standard form of potato salad (with the only real difference being Babish pickling his potatoes in order to achieve the "three-day" prep caveat). But then Andrew noticed that pickling the potatoes didn't really make a difference taste-wise, so he kept trying alternative variations of potato salad until he achieved a noticeable difference. However, what he ultimately did to accomplish that was to just make french fries instead.
    • The bacon & eggs dish from Howl's Moving Castle sees Andrew try to make the episode much more interesting by making his own homemade seasoned, cured and smoked thick bacon from scratch.
    • For the secret ingredient noodle soup from Kung Fu Panda, Andrew attempts to make genuine Chinese lamian (hand-pulled noodles), and learns firsthand why it takes decades to master that skill. He then shows his audience how to get close-enough results by running the dough through a pasta maker attachment (which basically makes the noodles the same as fresh Japanese-style ramen,note  though it's not far off from the daoxiaomian or knife-cut noodles served in Lanzhou-style lamian houses).
    • Since the $5 shake was just a regular vanilla milkshake, Andrew decided to use Vincent's sticker shock over the price as a baseline for figuring out just how expensive he can make a milkshake be. It's also worth mentioning that Andrew decided to factor in inflation with thisnote .
    • Because Tonio's Caprese salad is mainly tomato and mozzarella, Babish uses it to finally home make cheese.
  • Serious Business: Andrew considers the "garbage plate" to be this, due to it being the signature dish of his hometown of Rochester, NY.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is a reference to Oliver Babish from The West Wing, which is Rea's Reddit handle.
    • Andrew is also fond of quoting the "you are the [x] of your [food-that-rhymes-with—or-otherwise-puns-on-x]" joke favored by Chef John of Food Wishes.
    • He's also very fond of shouting out YouTube ration reviewer Steve 1989 MRE Info. He has used Steve's catchphrase "Let's get this out on a tray... Nice! Mmmkay" several times and shouted him out by name in one episode.
    • His 5 Million subscriber special features a shot-for-shot remake of Homer's Food Porn montage/rampage of eating through all of New Orleans' dozens of unique dishes from The Simpsons episode "Lisa Gets The Blues", including mimicking the exact body language, positioning, and eating methods that Homer applies to every dish. The video goes into extreme detail about the absurd amount of research and planning into finding out exactly where each dish could be found, including mapping out a travel route just to reach the restaurants. They thought they would be the first people to actually recreate the scene, but discovered that they were beaten to the punch three days earlier, which is referenced in their video.
  • Shown Their Work: Andrew mentioned in an interview that he has never been to culinary school or even worked in a professional kitchen before and that all his recipes are compiled from his knowledge as a home cook and online research.
  • Sick Episode: He recorded the Cold Cure episode while he was sick with an unidentified illness. He mentions the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, but reports of loss of smell and taste being a possible symptomnote  were only being released on the same day that he uploaded the video. He also mentions in the comments that he and Jess had been sick for 7 days so farnote , and his doctor recommended not getting tested unless he was hospitalized. It was later confirmed when he and Sohla stated that they both had the antibodies for COVID during a July crossover episode.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: The Lover's Delight Sundae episode ends with Andrew comparing the expensive, decadent, and time-consuming Lover's Delight Sundae with Liz's idea of decadent sweetness: a chocolate-covered doughnut microwaved for fifteen seconds. Andrew clearly enjoys the doughnut very much.
  • Slow Motion: Occasionally used for neat effects, like showing an alcohol-based fireball in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Special".
  • Something Completely Different: The Car Panini is given a Doug Score rating, beating out the Yugo GV on the weekend score. Doug summed it up in the comment below.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Andrew’s opinion of Kopi Luwak coffee. He claims that, while it’s good enough to not need any cream or sugar, there’s nothing especially extraordinary about it to justify the $100 price tag or the homework you'd have to do to avoid unwittingly rewarding animal cruelty by buying farmed beans.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Shannon, the Ace Hardware representative who teaches Andrew how to use two different types of outdoor grills in the Grilling Basics With Babish episode, scares the heck out of Andrew by randomly appearing, then disappearing with a puff of smoke.
  • The Stoner: Freely admits to some of his weirder creations being the result of "Jazz Cigarettes".
  • Squick: Invoked. Some recipes, such as the chocolate cake from Matilda, involve the use of human bodily fluids (sweat and blood in this case), which Andrew does include for accuracy.
  • The Stinger: Some episodes end with a short, usually amusing clip from the cooking process with the raw audio left in.
  • The Stoic: Andrew's narration, while having a dose of humor, is rather even-keeled.
  • Supreme Chef: Andrew is a skilled chef who has been cooking since he was a kid. When the dish comes out good, he and the occasional guest love it.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • By following the Ultimeatum recipe exactly, you get an over-bloated, greasy mess that contains a way past Well-Done double-cooked beef patty in the center that's basically shoe leather at that point. It will have some very nice ketchup on it, though.
    • The Cocktail special sees Andrew down six cocktails... which necessitated an epilogue segment where he tried to remedy his hangover.
      • Barney's Hangover Fixer Elixir does not fix Andrew's hangover; it actually winds up making him throw up. Not to mention the fact that, since he once went into anaphylactic shock because he ate a banana, he had to have an EpiPen on the ready just in case.
    • The Every-Meat Burrito is gag-inducingly awful because different meats require different cooking methods and prep times. It only tasting like chicken like it does on the show would be a massive improvement.
    • Rachel's trifle, contrary to Joey's opinion, does not taste good, and contrary to Ross' opinion, does not even taste like feet. The combination of jam, meat, and custard is awful.
    • Following Jake's instructions on making the Perfect Sandwich, which includes a lot of fillings (including a whole steak), results in a sandwich that is far too big to actually bite normally (no problem for Jake given his stretching abilities). Andrew has to cut it into slices and roll it into a log to eat it. It was still an apparently good sandwich, however.
      • Likewise, a workaround was needed for both the "bird from the window" step (as that would've meant, in Andrew's case, using a New York City pigeon—better known as a sky ratnote ), and the "lobster soul" step (which Andrew decided upon making a lobster aioli). Also, using the blowtorch to toast the bread didn't produce favorable results.
    • The Car Panini, as made in an actual car, was dangerous to make, impossible to make fully accurately because Creme Egg goo doesn't spill out like the contents of a real egg would, and a structural disaster that was barely stable enough to eat or even remove from the press. Even if it were practical to make, the end result would have been no less nauseating than it turned out, since you're mixing Vienna sausages and Doritos with Creme Egg goo and Reese's peanut butter cups.
    • In a rather roundabout way, the 2019 April Fools Day episode showcases exactly how a jelly-filled donut could resemble onigiri.
    • As one can guess, Ralph Wiggum's Crayon Sandwich was inherently unappetizing when made with actual crayons (which Andrew did for Good Mythical Morning). When made with colored cheese (on the third BWB Simpsons episode), it looked bizarre but tasted delicious.
    • Not even a loss of sense of taste and smell from a possible COVID-19 infectionnote  could make the Cold Cure palatable; without being able to taste any flavor, he just felt a sensation in his mouth he compared to cleaning supplies.
    • The Tortilla Chip Sombrero is made up of perfectly fine ingredients processed in perfectly delicious ways, but it's really inconvenient to eat because you can't see what you're doing while wearing it. Not to mention the risk of the thing just shattering and covering you in guac and chip shards.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the Tortilla Chip Sombrero while making guacamole for the sombrero, he insists he is chopping up cilantro and definitely not parsley, in keeping with his taste buds making cilantro taste like soap.
  • Tempting Fate: In using the mandolin without using a handguard in the "South Park" special:
    Andrew: Now, unless you're a trained professional like myself, make sure to use a hand gu- (cuts finger) ow! (background music fades out) F*CK! F*CK! (walks offscreen) F*CK!
  • Take That!:
    • Andrew bluntly states that putting lettuce directly on top of the patty, before even the cheese is a terrible idea.
    • Not only does Andrew flat out state that the "Car Panini" was a horrible sandwich, but during the Doug Score section of the video, Andrew gives it a Weekend Score of 15 out of 50, and a Doug Score of 28 out of 100.
      • The Cool Factor is given a 3, not only because of Family Guy not being as funny as it was in its first four seasons, but because Andrew states that the episode in particular where the sandwich comes from is only noteworthy "for its lack of 'manatee jokes'".
      • Not only that but as Doug DeMuro himself stated in the comments, the sandwich barely managed to beat out the Yugo GV in the Weekend Score.invoked
    • Downplayed: when citing the beer breakfast from The Wire, he labels it as coming from "the kind-of inferior Season 2".
  • Take That, Audience!: As Andrew declares in "The Wire Special", if the viewer were to cook their pit beef any more well done than how Andrew did it, they would be "incorrect".
  • The Tell: Andrew acknowledges that when he really enjoys a dish, his hand starts shaking up and down.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Invoked. Many examples of flubs (dropped food, injuries) or unrehearsed reactions to the food (whether good or bad) appear in the series, and Andrew occasionally comments on them. Expect any dropping or fumbling to be narrated with a "whoops" as if it was in real-time even though the narration is recorded separately from filming.
    • Implied in "Rum French Toast": it appeared that Andrew stumbled over his intro due to Don Draper's delayed response in the clip he was using.
      Sally: Is it bad?
      Andrew: Hey, what's up, g-
      Don: Not really.
      Andrew: Hey, what's up, guys?
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Invoked in the episodes sponsored by Bounty paper towels: he'll deliberately make a mess (sometimes more than one) in some completely improbable way just to have an excuse to demonstrate the sponsor's cleaning ability.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Invoked by Andrew in the Two Million Subscriber Special. One butcher shop employee helps him find two dozen unusual types of meat, then rings up the sale (a total bill of slightly under six hundred dollars) without blinking.
    That guy was a stone-cold pro. He didn't even bat an eye.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Due to the tiramisu episode being sponsored by Philips Espresso, this gave Andrew the excuse to pepper in his own homemade commercials throughout the video, which only proved to be greatly beneficial when the springform pan fell open when he was moving it to the fridge.
    Nonononono! Oh. My god. Oh my god. It's the sum of all my fears. I don't know what happened. Cut the cameras! Cut to commercial!

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