Frankie Celenza brings the art of cooking to internet trends, interview

Frankie Celenza Frankie vs the Internet, photo provided by Tastemade
Frankie Celenza Frankie vs the Internet, photo provided by Tastemade /

As Frankie vs the Internet Season 2 premieres on Tastemade, Frankie Celenza brings his culinary insight to that world of 30 second food clips and viral food trends. While those nuggets of visual intrigue might captivate that never ending scroll, Celenza shows that the culinary creativity holds a treasure of knowledge that cooks can discover.

Recently, Frankie Celenza spoke to FoodSided ahead of the Frankie vs the Internet season 2 premiere. While the upcoming season will tackle new culinary gems like corn ribs, hot Cheetos salad, and creamy lemonade, the cooking show is more than just a visual that gets people to take a second look. Mixed into that Tastemade culinary competition is a plethora of cooking techniques and flavor nuances that can help anyone become a better cook.

When asked about why this show might be one of the best takes on a modern-day cooking show, Frankie said that peeling back the layers of these internet food trends leads to a discussion on the “art of cooking.” Even though social media might show a few seconds of footage, this Tastemade show reveals the many layers which created that epic dish.

Specifically, Frankie said that even though the internet videos might blur the lines, his show is able to get to “what is great technique.” Figuring out “flavor combinations that don’t work or what’s horrible with technique with great flavor combinations” is important to becoming not just a better cook but also a better food lover.

Overall, Frankie encourages everyone to “keep educating ourselves.” Whether it is ordering from different restaurants or making dishes at home, trying all those different foods, flavors and cooking techniques is vital.

What does Frankie Celenza recommend to become a more confident cook?

While many people watch videos, food television shows, or read numerous cookbooks, Frankie Celenza has one key piece of advice to becoming a confident cook. It is repetition. For him, he suggests that the more a person does anything then they will get better at it.

Unfortunately, Frankies believes that “the danger is that we are so obsessed with convenience” that it can blur the lines. He encourages everyone to “go deep into how the sausage is made.” From the farmers that grow the food to the people in the kitchen, Frankie hopes that a “great appreciation for all the steps along the way” will make a difference in what and how people eat.

Even as his Tastemade show takes on the internet trends and viral food videos, the show is more than celebrating the clip that might have made you make pasta chips. Turning those 30 seconds into a bigger conversation on food, how to cook it, and how to make it better is the takeaway that becomes a kitchen essential. Isn’t it time that you get cooking?

Frankie vs the Internet airs on Tastemade. Frankie Celenza is joined by Co-Host & Judge Katie Molinaro as well as a rotating group of judges.

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What internet food trend had you cooking up a storm? Can food television help improve your culinary techniques?