Hamish Blake Hosted an Instagram Live Cook-in Last Night and It Was As Chaotic As You'd Imagine
Last night Hamish Blake and Ben Shewry, owner of Melbourne restaurant Attica, hosted the Ultimate Romantic Cook-A-Long Cook-In on Instagram Live.
Sharing news of the event on Instagram this week, Hamish gushed about Ben being both one of the "worlds best chefs" and the "worlds loveliest guys": "He was wondering if if would be a fun way to lift peoples iso spirits if he cooked something on Instagram Live, and I cooked along and people at home could too."
To correspond with Hamish's weekly date night with his wife Zoë Foster Blake, the two-course meal was a "red is the colour of love" Flambé Prawn spaghetti and "A heart shaped box" Chocolate mousse, all made by "a guy who owns a pro level chef knife (he uses mostly to make cheese on toast)".
Hamish invited people to "Join us from 7pm in your kitchen here on my Instagram Live for like 50 mins of yelling 'YES CHEF!' and trying your bloody best".
"Look, who knows how this will go (or if anyone will turn up!) but what I do know is it's a little harder to do special things' at the moment and this was such a fun and generous idea from Ben that I think it has to at least be attempted! Plus I just think it will be super fun. I can't wait.
"If you've ever wanted to cook alongside one of the worlds best, whilst he's being interrupted by one of the worlds worst, grab your ingredients and join us Thursday!
"This idea is sponsored by: no one and nothing except the hope to bring a little delicious fun and/or romance into our iso lives ❤️🍝," he concluded.
On the post, Zoë was chuffed about the plan: "This pig is very pleased about this."
You've still got until the end of the day to watch the Instagram Live if you want to see Hamish — dressed in full chef's regalia — open the cook-in with a Tiger King reference, "Hey all you kitchen cats and kittens."
It's a food journey, Ben and Hamish doffing their wines at each other and Hamish trying to share chef's tricks and techniques with a chef who owns one of the top 100 restaurants (#84) in the world. "It's just something chefs do," Hamish would shrug, casually. At the same time, he struggled to find appropriate cookware and drank brandy from the bottle.
At one point, Hamish wore heart sunglasses as he set his prawns in brandy alight with a sparkler attached to a banana. Yes, that's a real sentence. And yes, Ben was a little concerned Hamish would get hurt. He's OK though, we swear.
By the end of the episode, Hamish had a delicious looking meal, as did everyone following along at home. "It looks and smells incredible," Zoë said. Sharing pics from the behind-the-scenes today on Instagram, she elaborated:
"[I]t was exhilarating seeing them almost burn their house down for the sake of flambé prawns, but mostly I loved eating food lovingly prepared (and, uh, to a world-class chef's recipe.) Sloppy, hungover headline: The extra effort of a fancy home meal brought all of us IMMENSE JOY.
"Some of us because they got to spoil their partner, some of us cos they didn't have to cook, and some of us cos they got to shed their fleecy outer skin, just for a few, restrictive, confusing hours. Win/win/pig. 10/10 recommend."
Reflecting on the experience in his Stories, Hamish said: "Holy shit. That was SO FUN. Thank you to everyone that joined our extremely optimistic Romantic cook-long cook-in!!"
All in all, this was definitely a little less anxiety-inducing than watching contestants cook against Gordon Ramsay on MasterChef.