A disappearing food franchise. The story behind how a Vietnamese spring roll ended up on the menu of Senegalese restaurants. We take America's Test Kitchen's inquisitive and relentless approach to telling unexpected, funny, and thought-provoking narratives about food and drink. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof plunges into history, culture, science, and the psyche to uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. Hosted by Kevin Pang. A production of America's Test Kitchen.
The Proof Intervention of Brian Franklin
America's Test Kitchen PR Director Brian Franklin's job? Spread the good word about the delicious food the company creates. There's just one problem: Brian has the palate of a 5-year-old (his words!). On this episode, the producers of Proof stage an intervention.
A breakfast cereal created by religious leaders. Chicken wings, infidelity, and revenge. In this episode, two foods we know and love born from accidents.
When Old-Fashioned Candy Was New
In this episode, travel writer Doug Mack takes us on a trip into the colorful world of old-timey candies.
Should I Cook For My Dog?
Not satisfied with standard dog food, reporter Varud Gupta wants to know: Should I cook for my dog Luna? He talks to eccentric dog parents, dog chefs, vets, and pet influencers to navigate the dizzying world and history of pet food.
Season 12 Starts November 10!
On the new season of Proof: Meet eccentric dog owners and pet personalities as we investigate whether or not we should cook for our dogs. We search for connection down a rabbit hole of old-fashioned candies. We reveal how an iconic chicken dish was born from an act of revenge. And the Proof staff stage an intervention to expand an America's Test Kitchen's colleague's food repertoire. All that, and so much more on the new season of Proof from America's Test Kitchen. Episode 1 drops on Thursday, November 10.
Best of Proof: Cheater Cheater Chili Eater
This week, we bring you a story of a major scandal in 2003 at a Texas chili cook-off where a newcomer won first place.
Love the new hoist, Kevin Pang
I love his voice and the storytelling. But why do the credits still say Bridget is the host when she’s been replaced by Kevin?
Started out great, then became more about personal stories
Was prepared to give Kevin Pang and crew the benefit of the doubt when they took over but like others, finding the one diamond in the rough became too much of a chore. The last couple of seasons sound more like college interns reading their term papers and/or blog posts about their personal experiences - complete with hackneyed jokes and overused tropes. “Webster’s defines…” anyone? I was hoping there would continue to be a conversational tone instead of rote script-reading and “Here’s what it was like for me and my family”.
I don’t much get the sense that the “reporters” now actually do anything related to food besides eat. If it’s just food experiences that you’re interested in, there are plenty of other foodie podcasts for that.
Listen through the Bridget years, as they actually did deep dives into niche food subjects and histories - then skip the rest.
Looking for more from the test kitchen
Was hoping for more food and cooking science here. The podcast really lost me when it turned to a history of food feuds, and while the stories were somewhat interesting, I just wasn’t wanting to hear about more feuds during the pandemic. I hope this podcast gets back to its test kitchen roots. There’s not a lot of good food science podcasts out there.