Vegan Meal Time, My Drunk Kitchen and Others Take on Epic Meal Time

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Vegan Meal Time: keeping people carnivores one video at a time
Ever since Epic Meal Time landed on the scene last year, Youtube cooking shows, blending hearty amounts of internet humor and ego with varying levels of culinary talent, have been on the rise. In the digital age, where everything and anything can be recorded and put online, it seems anyone with a cheap digital camera and kitchen is given a venue online to reach viral stardom.

Naturally, this has both its positives, and it's horrible, shrill, nut job drawbacks.

There are four main Youtube cooking series gunning for Epic Meal Time's bacon-grease-stained crown: My Drunk Kitchen, Heavy Metal Vegan Cooking, Vegan Black Metal Chef, and Vegan Meal Time.

In this post, we check out these up-and-coming cooking series, and tell you if they're a worthwhile addition to the viral culinary world, of if there are simply too many cooks in the internet kitchen.

Hit the jump to who can hold their own against Harley and the EMT crew.


My Drunk Kitchen:

If Epic Meal Time is the summer-blockbuster of online cooking shows, with high-production values and the obsessive compulsion to constantly take things to the next level, then My Drunk Kitchen is an small, independent, early Wes Anderson production that went straight to DVD after a decent SXSW showing, only to have its poster be plastered on the wall of every art major's dorm room two years later.

That's exactly the kind of overly complicated metaphor My Drunk Kitchen's host, Hannah Hart, would be all the about. "I like drinking cider, because it tastes like beer for kids," drunkenly mumbles the 24-year old aspiring - something, as she fails to cook yet another meal.

That's right, for the most part, Hart is a horrible chef. She cooks how most people who cook under the influence - constantly forgetting recipes, ingredients, how to turn on an oven, etc. It's like watching one of Tegan and Sara on a bender, and I love it.

Mainly due to the fact Hart is actually intoxicated during filming, the banter and performances of My Drunk Kitchen don't feel forced, and are genuinely hilarious. Hart comes off as someone you would love to get smashed with, and then embark on a failed Taco Night expedition.



Heavy Metal Vegan Cooking:

Anything but metal, Heavy Metal Vegan feels like a bad Tim & Eric skit, or something that belongs only on late-night public access.

Try as hard as you might, veganism is something that will never been seen as metal, no matter how black your shirts may be, host Tim Hogarth. Hogarth lacks any sort of stage presence or delivery. Instead, he kind of just mumbles throughout the video, and then half-heartedly syncs growls of cooking instructions to bad music.

However, HMV's worst sins are the show's skits. Since I assume Hogarth lives a very lonely existence, the multiple characters in Heavy Metal Vegan are all played by him, constantly changing costume and camera shots. Worse, these bits tend to last longer than the actual cooking portion itself. It's sad and pathetically-funny, like most people who wear Pantera t-shirts.

Vegan Black Metal Chef:

A recent entry to the online cooking Thunderdome, but much worse than the similarly themed above. Their debut video was a 14 minute recipe for Pad Thai, sung from beginning to end with black metal lyrics and guitar riffs. I lasted about 90 seconds before punching my speakers.

Vegan Meal Time:

We knew PETA would have a response to Epic Meal Time's carnivorous gluttony. We just didn't think it would be this - awful.

Vegan Meal Time is little more than a blatant EMT parody, aimed at the green crowd. The host is the kind of vegan everyone hates: shrill, loud, pushy, constantly spouting off chicken death statistics. It's like have the dad from Honey I Shrunk the Kids get in my face for eating a burger. He is accompanied only by is gimp-like assistant, presumably because no one can stand being around these two for longer than a few seconds.

Worse yet, is the food. First off, let's make this clear. There are delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan foods out there, you just won't fine any on Vegan Meal Time. Regardless of the dish theme and ingredients, each VMT concoction ends up resembling a giant, unappetizing mound of brown mush, filled with lentils and soy.

Even more vomit-inducing, watching these two actually eat their horrible creations.

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Bonerland
Bonerland

Vegan Meal Time actually nailed it with their second episode. Rather that simply going the gluttony route (EMT isn't epic simply for it's proportions) they created an epic nacho platter. I give them props. Also, the fact that you missed the best of the imitators, Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time, is basically unforgivable. The premise is that they prepare regular Swedish meals in a "Swedish Fashion" which means destroying everything in their path while barking at you in "Swedelish". It actually surpasses it's predecessor at points. It's also more metal than any other cooking show, ever. Dinner is served, bitches!

Bar Whiz
Bar Whiz

My Drunk Kitchen sounds like it would be painful to watch.  I suspect one might need to be drunk while watching, to properly appreciate it.

Zuriail
Zuriail

My Drunk Kitchen is actually an awesome show. Watch it, then criticize. I recommend EP. 3: "omelette you finish" and S2ep2: Raw Vegan Cheesecake.

Charles Xavier
Charles Xavier

As a vegan, and thus a person (arguably), I am offended by the term vegan black metal chef. I don't think we should judge our chefs based on the color of their skin, but the content of their stomachs. I at least would hope we could call it Vegan african american metal chef. The writer of this piece should be ashamed by the blatant racism he's promoting.

guest
guest

WEIRD, this vegan-hating writer only likes the non-vegan video and hates all the vegan ones. 

Iamdisappoint
Iamdisappoint

This is so poorly written. You offer no real feedback or meaningful criticism of any kind. If I wanted to read people bitching about these videos I would read youtube comments. They would probably be more insightful than this shit, and at least they're not trying to pass it off as journalism. So pathetically juvenile. 

Iamdisappoint
Iamdisappoint

This is so poorly written. You offer no real feedback or meaningful criticism of any kind. If I wanted to read people bitching about these videos I would read youtube comments. They would probably be more insightful than this shit, and at least they're not trying to pass it off as journalism. So pathetically juvenile. 

Backinblack9
Backinblack9

swedish meal time is bigger then all these guys....nice research!

Erica O.
Erica O.

Y'all should check out one of the alt-cooking shows that was one of the first to hit the internet, Bitchin' Kitchen. The chef/comedienne Nadia G is hilarious, and she can really cook up a storm. It's an online series of web shorts that actually made the jump to real TV, and she now has a cooking show on Cooking TV at the coveted midnight to midnight thirty time slot. It's like watching a more polished open access rockabilly cooking show.

Mason Payne
Mason Payne

@004b540e6a6758595b05509fbd1008a2:disqus , he didn't say vegans don't like metal, he said "veganism is something that will never been seen as metal".  Please read the article before hating.

Poptartgal456
Poptartgal456

I'M A VEGAN AND I LOVE METAL I AM SO MAD AT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, MAN. VEGAN IS TOTALLY METAL MAN. METAL. MAN. MEGAMAN.

Guest
Guest

VBMC is awesome-- sorry you don't like black metal.  And for the record, there are plenty of vegan people who enjoy metal.  

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