Episode 139: Eitan Bernath
This week, Eitan Benath joins us to #TalkCookbooks!
Eitan is one of the most visible people in food media today. At just 20 years old, he’s amassed a remarkable 8+ million social media followers.
Odds are, if you have a social media account, you’ve seen Eitan. Whether on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or even Snapchat, where he’s hosted three cooking shows. Last year, his original content reached more than 350 million people with 3 billion views.
It all started with Food Network. Building on his childhood love for cooking, 11-year-old Eitan appeared on the first kids’ episode of “Chopped.” And there was no stopping him after that; he started a blog and social media accounts, becoming a near-overnight success thanks to his charismatic personality and his engaging content. (Case in point: Oprah Magazine called him “the internet’s most delightful chef.”)
Today, he’s president of his own culinary production studio, the Principal Culinary Contributor for CBS’ “The Drew Barrymore Show,” and just published his first cookbook, Eitan Eats the World: New Comfort Classics to Cook Right Now. It’s full of both classic comfort foods (Shakshuka or Chicken Tikka Masala) and creative spins like a Double Grilled Cheese With Blueberry-Thyme Jam and his tuna melt-Croque monsieur hybrid.
In today’s show, we’re talking with Eitan about how his childhood love of cooking morphed quickly into a career, about creating his first cookbook, and of course, putting him to the test in our signature culinary game.
I hope you enjoy my chat with Eitan.
Bonus Content + Recipes This Week
This week, paid subscribers will receive two featured recipes from Eitan Eats the World: a childhood classic turned breakfast with PB&J Pancakes and a decadent Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Pie.
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