How do you receive Cooking with Paris, Paris Hilton’s first Netflix series, depends on whether you think of it as a shrewd PR exercise or a delicious piece of escape. It’s almost certainly both, but we choose to lean on the latter because whatever the intention, it’s a delight.
Through six bite-sized episodes, the TV personality invites a selection of famous faces into his kitchen, filled with “That’s Hot ™” oven mitts, as well as utensils and appliances. she apparently never used.
“Tong,” she said, feeling the word in her mouth. “I didn’t know it was called that. I just called it, like, the pickup thing.”
Alongside Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato and the rest of her culinary companions, some of whom are more capable than others, they whip up an array of dishes, some of which are more edible than others. But their blunders and lack of gastronomic expertise are irrelevant.
Cooking with Paris has no interest in competing with the list of cooking shows already on our screens. It’s not meant to be helpful, although ingredients and recipes are available if you want to try your hand at pink ravioli. Watching Lovato cut a piece of mozzarella doesn’t induce the craving for familiar food that we feel when we watch Nigella Lawson or Lorraine Pascale prepare their mouthwatering bite. It does not seek to deepen food culture or broaden our horizons. Cooking with Paris is pure frivolity, swaying happily in its own way, and that’s all the more pleasurable for her.
The series celebrates the joy and enjoyment inherent in food, and not just in the act of cooking and eating, but through Hilton themed decor and clothing. Why wouldn’t you want to wander the supermarket in a hot pink, floor-length couture dress? Aprons have no place in the kitchen at the Hilton, which is larger than most people’s studios. Only high-end designer clobber is allowed, though she accidentally soaks the fringes of an expensive-looking leather jacket in her funfetti flan mix, the secret ingredient of which is cotton candy, duh. Hilton’s commitment to its brand is unmatched.
But it does share some DNA with the best cooking shows. Like the work of the above, the Hilton series is incredibly therapeutic and calming. It’s a safe, non-threatening space you can snuggle up inside when you want to watch something fluffy, harmless, and enjoyable, which can sometimes be a code for bland, but it’s absolutely a compliment here. .
At 40 (although you really wouldn’t know it), Hilton’s wide-eyed teenager is far behind her, but there’s something so deliciously innocent and endearing about watching her flip through her jewelry-adorned cookbook. , the content of which is written in colored felt, interspersed with doodles. When she eats a bite of her pasta, she does a little dance in her chair that is both reminiscent of a child and perfectly sums up the magic of food.
And even when she doesn’t succeed at a recipe, she always “kills” it because she understands the importance of being her own hyped woman.
Isn’t that a rule to be observed.
Cooking with Paris is available to stream on Netflix starting Wednesday, August 4.
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