Cooking can sometimes be a pain. And if you’re like me, you think that doing dishes, especially washing utensils, is the WORST part. So how about a cooking technique that pretty much eliminates the need to wash knives and mixing spoons altogether? Sounds great, right?
Well, if you happened upon Nathan Ceddia’s “Mouth Cooking” video on YouTube or Facebook in the past week, you may (or may not be) convinced it’s worth cutting corners. The video shows a woman making a traditional holiday turkey with a homemade stuffing recipe as she takes bites of the different ingredients, chews them up and spits the components into a bowl …
… and it’s making people kind of uncomfortable.
The video may seem strange to some of the 2.7 million people who’ve viewed since it was posted on the London Evening Standard’s Facebook page on January 16th, but it’s not without good reason. Ceddia, an Australian-born visual artist, told Babble he isn’t surprised that his piece is receiving so much attention. In fact, he believes it’s because the film is in sharp contrast to a lot of the food-related videos we’re used to seeing.
“People have become numb to the force-feeding of food-related content online. We’re now seeking something new and innovative to brighten up our pallets and I believe cooking with your mouth could be the answer we’ve been waiting for.”
Hey, maybe it is!
But for some, watching the “chef” in the video, who is actually an actress named Iska Lupton, might turn your stomach. She “dices up” a raw onion, carrot, celery, fresh parsley, and a loaf of bread before spitting the pieces into a large mixing bowl. After that, she uses the same technique on lemon rind, a loaf of bread, and cloves of fresh garlic.
The last two ingredients she includes – a raw egg and butter – are the toughest to watch for most. The actress cracks an egg into her mouth and “whisks it” by swishing it around before she spits it into the bowl. She finishes up her stuffing prep by biting off a chunk of butter and “warming” it in her mouth before including it in the mixture.
While the technique may seem crazy to some of us, the artist tells Babble that it was inspired by his own fear of being injured in the kitchen.
“Cooking with your mouth was created to help others deal with these types of fears,” Ceddia explains. “Along with this, we wanted to create a new type of cooking technique that brings joy back into the kitchen whilst celebrating the human form.”
Mouth cooking may not be for everyone, but if you’re as intrigued as we were by the video, there’s good news! Ceddia tells Babble that he has plenty of Mouth Cooking installments to share with us, including one preparing to drop in a few days.