The TikToks Foodies Should Follow in 2020
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2019 was the year of TikTok. From viral dance videos, to meme challenges, TikTok’s 1.5 billion users produced, streamed and obsessed over countless hours of content. But the hidden gem of the short-form video app has to be the food videos.
I obsessively watch videos on the curated “For You” page of TikTok, where popular videos come and go down a timeline. I always happen to stumble upon the most bizarre food accounts. But hey, I’m not complaining! The foodie in me LOVES every second of it. Supersized burgers, live crabs, cooking tutorials, and bizarre cooking trends from around the world; there are countless videos that have stood out.
Here are a few of my fave accounts to follow and trends to watch for this year:
Okay, this guy is by FAR my favorite thing on the internet. User @TikTok_JackZhang documents his traditional, large format cooking. He will take a full animal — cow, sheep, pig, horse, you get the point — and molds an oven or hut to cook the meat in. The amount of seasoning used for the body of a cow is SHOCKING. His most popular video has more than 1.3 million views, and my personal fave is a video where he cooks an ox head and his cooking vessel perfectly fits the piece of meat, horns and all. Super satisfying to watch!
Moving onto the bizarre, user @mukbangeatingshowtiktok documents herself eating various types of shellfish and crustaceans. Mukbang is a viral trend originating in South Korea in which people eat large amounts of food in front of a camera, giving off ASMR vibes. Her channel, however, is not for the weak stomach. She slurps down raw, live octopus, crawling crabs, and slugs. Kinda gross, but also, I can’t look away.
Joshua Weissman (@flakeysalt) is a professional chef that teaches his audience how to make some pretty impressive meals in under a minute. Starting on YouTube, Joshua’s quick-pace and fast talking has drawn a TikTok audience of over 1.2M users and his posts have over 14.2M likes. From New York-style bagels to hot chocolate, he does it all.
The Secrets of Fast Food
A growing trend on TikTok has come from fast food workers exposing secrets behind the way some of the food is prepared. The most *shocking* to some was a Tik Tok video by @brianneraelenee showing how Panera makes their famous mac and cheese. With over 1.2M likes, thousands of tweets and a swarm of news channels covering the viral video, it was everywhere, and unfortunately, cost the creator her job. So what if it’s made in a bag? It’s still pretty delicious!
It doesn’t look like the TikTok craze is dying down anytime soon, so we will have to wait and see what other delicious food sensations get their 15 minutes of fame!
Posted by Julia D.