Pandemic isolation has tested many over the past few months, and Tony Trimm, a Chicago-area native and DJ who tours with comedian Hannibal Buress, needed an outlet to unleash what was growing inside him.
âA lot of people were stuck and fucked up,â Trimm explains.
Trimm started watching cooking shows, but was not happy with the deals on offer. He decided to build one himself, then “it got out of hand.”
The result is Welcome flow, a series of hilarious and bizarre videos in a line with Cartoon Network’s adult swimming shows like Tim and Eric, and the famous short film âToo Many Cooksâ. The first episode was released earlier this month via YouTube, and the second, which features guest chefs Won Kim (Kimski, the Korean-Polish restaurant in Bridgeport) and Maragaret Pak (Thattu, an acclaimed pop-up from southern India), will be released on Sunday. . Trimm says he has enough material for a 10-episode first season and plans to release one show a week, take a break, and release them all by January. Other Chicago chefs might show up later, but for now, Trimm was happy his friends took the time to support his project.
Welcome flow is a cooking show disguised by elements of sci-fi, horror and psychedelic media, says Trimm. Each episode is six to 20 minutes long and focuses on the character of Trimm – stranded in a post-apocalyptic apartment, having to cook a dish with limited ingredients. Proceeds from the show will be published on the Welcome flow website. The show, like a lot of Adult Swim content, isn’t for everyone. But he could find a niche with his mix of weird recipes, offbeat humor – and a few random appearances from B-movie monsters. Trimm’s two chihuahuas, Chicharron and Nacho, also play roles. The show is taped at two locations in Logan Square: a closed tattoo parlor and Trimm’s house across the street.
âNo other cooking show is like this,â Kim says. âIt’s actually educational. “
Kim recruited his friend, the Sweetest Pak, to appear on this “very manic and weird cooking show” with him. Although he doesn’t work in the industry, Trimm knows chefs like Brian Fisher of the Michelin-starred Entente from various events.
âAll I knew was it would be fun, lax, and make something easy with instant ramen,â Pak says.
The second episode features Kim and Pak playing alternate versions of Trimm’s character, cooking up a slightly different dish. Trimm sources these ingredients from his freezer, reminding viewers when COVID-19 restrictions were tight and people limited their visits to the grocery store. The show is also about pushing the boundaries, like when Trimm decides to cook what he calls âOriental Ramenâ in the second episode. Kim, as Trimm’s lookalike, appears in the kitchen and begins cooking what he calls an âoriental omeletâ. Pak follows up with his own dish, called âOriental Frittataâ.
Still with us? Trimm, who (like Kim and Pak), is of Korean descent. He says he laughs at the word “oriental” which has been called racist when misused to describe people. It’s a play on the stupidity of the term, he says. For Trimm, he thinks people are sometimes too sensitive.
âWhat attracts me more than anything is people who aren’t Asian,â Trimm says, as a preemptive attack on potential critics. “Are you going to tell me what’s racist or what’s offensive and what isn’t?” “
Those who make it to the end credits will see a familiar chef’s name. James Beard Award winner Abe Conlon of Fat Rice is considered a âcreative consultantâ. Trimm says Conlon, who is friends with Kim, developed the show’s recipes (a spokesperson confirms his involvement). Conlon also voices an uncredited character. Apparently, the chef had some time to take on new projects after Fat Rice closed in the summer of 2020. Several former restaurant workers have gone public about the restaurant’s alleged toxic workplace. Fat Rice has since reopened as Noodlebird in the same location.
The show also features music by Pelican, a popular metal band from Chicago. Their heartbreaking guitar sounds are suitable for the show, says Trimm. Hip-hop plays a major role in the show as well, with Trimm rapping in some places. He’s also thinking about a way to get his buddy Serengeti involved. Trimm met the DennÃ©hy rapper at the University of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
While Kim and Pak were fun additions to the cast, Trimm is targeting a chef for a possible appearance: Grant Achatz, the chef of molecular gastronomy pioneer Alinea, the city’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
He wouldn’t mind either, TV personality Steve Dolinsky, former Hungry Hound: “For me, it’s about personality, not accolades.”
They will host a watchmaking section from 8 p.m. to North Bar, 1637 West Avenue du Nord.