These two men knock on strangers' doors and make lunch for whoever lets them in07/31/2019
Stranger Kitchens is a cooking show on legs.
It’s a unique video concept started by two young men, Ed and Hal, who go around London offering to make lunch for strangers.
Ed is a copywriter who worked as a chef for six months after leaving school and Hal is a student.
The two 20-year-olds knock on the doors of various homes with a recipe at hand, and wait for someone to let them in.
You might expect stiff upper lipped Brits to offer a polite ‘no, thank you’ but surprisingly, many have let the pair in to cook a meal.
They’ve met some pretty interesting people along the way.
We asked the duo how they got started.
They tell Metro.co.uk: ‘We had the idea with our friend Nick, who also helps out on the videos.
‘We were chatting about funny ideas for a cooking show when he sarcastically suggested that we just knock on stranger’s doors and ask to cook them lunch.
‘He was joking but we thought it was an amazing idea, and we knew we had to do it. About a week later we’d made our first episode.’
In a case of serendipity, Ed and Hal ended up at the doorstep of chef presenter Miguel Barclay, who runs Instagram account One Pound Meals.
Ironically, they ended up being filmed by the chef for his own vlog. The video, which features Miguel saying ‘I’ve just let strangers into my house and the first thing they ask for is a knife,’ tickled thousands of viewers.
Since then, Ed and Hal have had six more dining experiences with strangers.
‘We haven’t had any bad experiences yet, most people who answer their doors like the idea and are really friendly even if they’re busy or working,’ they tell us.
‘We’ve really liked everybody we’ve met, but filming is most fun when our host wants to share something with us, like music or their art.
‘In episode five we cooked for a harpist, and in the most recent episode, we found a children’s book author and her husband, and got to look around her beautiful studio and see her work.’
They also ended up at fellow YouTuber and radio DJ Mawaan Rizwan’s house for episode four.
The pair reckon that meeting different folks is the most fun part. But they also hope to cook for an older demographic soon.
‘Part of the fun of making the show is not knowing who we’ll meet, so we’ll cook for anybody who’s up for it,’ they say.
‘It would be really interesting to get some stories and life wisdom from an older person, as we haven’t had many on the show yet.
The unique idea was appealing for Ed and Hal as they both grew up with big foodie families.
Though their channel is in its infancy, they’re hoping it becomes bigger and better. For the time being, they’re enjoying all the positive feedback.
‘People have been really kind and supportive on YouTube and in person, our best dish so far was probably the dhaal and rice we made in our fourth episode,’ they say. ‘Try boiling cinnamon sticks in the rice water for some extra flavour.’
Looks like there is such a thing as a free lunch.
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