The only Swedish chef we've known was all wispy eyebrows and mustache. He wore a flattened white toque tilted slightly to the right. He made meatballs, turtle soup, and frog legs. You couldn't understand most of what he said, but he was cute, strange, and creepy. At a time when New Nordic fare is enjoying its moment in the sun (this would be a good time to joke about the sun in Scandinavia), a non-Muppet Swedish chef is making a name for himself, aggressively having his way with ingredients one will not likely find at any posh Stockholm spots.
The YouTube series Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time features what we must presume is a real Swede. At least he shops at Swedish grocery stores, screams in “Swenglish,” and has a beard. He also dishes up some vile-looking specialties Jim Henson's bumbling Swedish Chef would not have the kitchen acumen to prepare.
In “Spaghetti Explosion,” the host criminally over-salts his ground meat, punches it repeatedly with his fists, and cooks it into a brackish mess. Then he turns a bottle of ketchup upside-down and squeezes for what seems like a good five minutes. Then he chugs a glass of cream and eats his creation over the pot with his hands.
In “Sidepork Pandemonium,” the host hurls his ingredients across a stainless steel counter and smears a baking sheet with butter using first his hands, then his face and tongue, and lastly his bare foot. He starts gnawing on a half-dozen strips of raw bacon and one of his partners-in-cuisine comes rising up from the bottom of the frame, nibbling away at the other end of the bacon. They almost smooch.
The host of Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time professes to prepare Swedish food “Swedishly,” but he comes across as more metal than any Swedish stereotype we've seen peddled: that is, the type of metal dude who, when he was younger, played Magic, listened to Mayhem and Bathory, and twirled katana blades for fun, and now, in his emerging adulthood, enjoys Sunn O))), bitters, and contributing mightily to the universe of food-themed Internet cleverness. Whether or not he actually knows how to cook is beyond our video-deciphering skills. He does appear to have a nice set of knives though.
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