Level Up, Apron On



Step aside, Chef Ramsey! The great American DIY chef revolution is underfoot. And any revolution that involves immersion blenders, mandolin slicers, and a blowtorch just to caramelize sugar is bound to end in … a very high national BMI. Hey, that’s one more thing for us to export abroad. Just like we do with our trash.


Just like we veered off topic in the previous sentence, dinner conversations across the country are about to be all over the place as diners react to the homespun chef revolution that replaces Hamburger Helper with Hungarian Halászlé (it is strongly advised not to Google this). Of all the new skills Americans would like to learn, cooking is the skill du jour. 


After a year with nary a “check please”, Americans are most interested in refining their DIY cooking skills with even more training in culinary crafts. Self-defence is the second-most desired skill, which is an appropriate pairing with cooking, given that cooking is really just self defense against hunger. And both require knives. Very convenient.


It seems that the old-is-new-again return of needlework as the antidote to screen-based creative outlets is — like most of our Zoom backgrounds — not going to survive the pandemic. Despite a blip in popularity, needlework outperforms only debate as the least compelling new skill. Could that have something to do with the last presidential debates?


Just be sure to hide the knives at your next dinner party. Your guests are likely to either highly covet their culinary prowess or want to use them in self-defence. Bon appetit.