Basic Skills Challenge1 season, 57 episodes
What happens when 50 people are asked to perform an expert cooking skill? You get: Tears! Laughter!
How-ToMincing garlic can be a tough time. But breaking it down to a paste? Probably...not any easier.
How-ToWatch these humans take a "crack" at this challenge! It might seem easy, but the "yolk's" on them! It's an egg.
How-ToSure, avocados are great mashed into your guacamole, or (shudder) spread onto your toast, but how do you get it there from it's fruit form? 50 people try their best! How do you cut, slice and serve a mango? We asked 50 (yes, fifty) people and got...well, a variety of techniques - and fifty different approaches to mangoes...
How-ToHow do you slice a Mango? We asked a variety of people and got...well, a variety of techniques!
How-ToYou can't hone your chops if you can't hone your chops. Be careful out there.
How-ToCartoon rabbits everywhere are shocked at what these people did to their carrots. Fifty different people, fifty different techniques for whittling everyone's favorite root vegetable into the perfect hummus-transporting tool. It's a beautiful day outside.
How-ToCould you even imagine if we did this one with hot peppers?
How-ToIt's as American as...buying it from the store, I guess. 50 people are asked not to hurl this baseball sized fruit, and to spare their primary cares from a bruising. They're coming- they're coming for pie. Nothing can keep those doctors away, now.
How-ToNot too many layers to peel back here! Watch, as fifty people trade their fears for tears (in the good way?), and learn the best way to attack the imposing allium. The real trick, though, is to remain emotionally distant from your onions next time you cook. Easier said than done...
How-ToHow do you even handle one of these safely? Watch, as we softly encourage 50 people to carefully deconstruct one of our favorite fruits!
How-ToIt's no longer kitchen or military busy-work when you set the potatoes in front of a camera! 50 people each try to peel and cube a potato. Like 48 of them basically do it. Someone uses a cheese grater. I don't know...it wasn't even staged.
How-ToTo gain the power of their enemies. Sure, the enemies may be vegetables, but no dip is made without a proper battle. 50 people feel the fury as they peel deeper, beyond the petals, into the Valhalla of the artichoke. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToEven people who can't cook can make scrambled eggs, right? Sure. But here we're going to show you how to make them delicious.
How-ToSome food chores really shuck, but at least you can work your way up to kernal. 50 people work through this hairy husk in attempt to take corn off the cob. Because obviously that's how we all want to eat corn.../sideeye
How-ToOne day, you will be in a market, and you will pass the coconuts. They will grab your attention. You'll say to yourself, "I'm going to buy this coconut." You settle at the register, and bring your groceries home. You put most of them away. As you hold up that last item, you will ask yourself: "Why did I buy this coconut?" At least we can help answer how to open it!
How-ToWait, hold on. I thought a vinaigrette was when you mix hot sauce with ranch dressing. Watch, as fifty people demonstrate better kitchen skills than the video description copywriter for a food blog!
How-To"Can you imagine if these were hot peppers" WE DID IT plz enjoy and don't forget to wash your hands before heading to the bathroom...
How-ToIn this episode of 'Basic Skills Challenge', 50 people try to fillet a fish. Some don't even know what 'fillet' means. Some try not to vomit. Others go right for cutting off the head. One actually broke the cutting board. One person blamed the fish for their difficulties in fileting. Amongst the madness, Robert Ramsey, the Culinary Chef Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, demonstrates how to remove the bones from a fish.
How-ToJuicing a lemon may not be as easy as it sounds. 50 people attempt to juice, squeeze, squash and smoosh a lemon. Do you have a favorite technique? Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToIf you've ever had browned butter, then you know that it's probably the greatest thing since sliced bread. But do you know how to make browned butter? Watch as 50 people attempt to make it for themselves!
How-ToWho doesn't love deveining a shrimp? Well... most people. But it's still a useful skill. Do you know how to devein shrimp? Watch as 50 people give it their best shot!
How-ToWhat's better than an omelette? A French-style omelette! Yeah, that "normal" omelette, that's an American-style omelette. 50 people attempt to make this delicious version of an omelette. How will it go? Well...watch and find out!
How-ToHow hard can cutting up a watermelon be? 50 people find out as they try to slice, dice, chop and bash a watermelon into triangle slices.
How-ToOver easy may be the most classic way to make eggs other than than scrambled. But can you handle the flip? Watch as 50 people try to fry and flip an over easy egg!
How-ToFluffy. Buttery. Cakey. Thick. What makes a perfect pancake? Turns out a bunch of people don't know how to even make a pancake. Watch as 50 people attempt to make pancakes! Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToPeanut butter and jelly sandwiches are too easy to mess up, right? Watch as 50 people try their best to make a classic PB&J. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToOk, maybe this is one of the more complicated "basic skills" we've made our 50 people try, but who could resist? Watch as 50 people attempt to kneed, roll and toss pizza dough. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToPeeling a tomato is just a little more complicated than one might think. Watch as 50 people try to peel, skin and in some cases boil a tomato! Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToTime is everything when it comes to making a perfect soft boiled egg. Watch as 50 people try their hardest to soft boil an egg! Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToOur 50 chefs tackled soft boiled eggs last week, but how will they do with the soft boiled egg's stinkier, 2ish-minute-older brother? Watch as 50 people attempt to peel hardboiled eggs. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToWho doesn't like their fruit to be fuzzy? Kiwis are one of the less regarded fruits out there, but may also be one of the most delicious. Watch as 50 people try their best to peel a kiwi! Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToIs the old James Bond adage, 'shaken, not stirred,' actually the best advice when it comes to making a martini? Watch as 50 people attempt to shake, stir and mix a martini.
How-ToYour arm may fall off by the time you're done, but the reward is whipped cream. What's better than that? Watch as 50 people try to make whipped cream to varying degrees of success. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2
How-ToCan you figure out the names of these strange looking fruits and vegetables? Watch as 50 people successfully or unsuccessfully do just that.
How-ToMaking sushi is no walk in the park. Watch as 50 people attempt to stuff, roll and cut sushi!
How-ToGrilled cheeses are that after school snack that so many of us grew up with, but what makes a truly perfect grilled cheese? And what kind of cheese is the absolute best? Watch as 50 people attempt to make a melty, buttery, crispy grilled cheese!
How-ToButternut squashes are notoriously difficult to prepare for cooking. Watch as 50 people try to peel, open, cut and deseed a butternut squash!
How-ToWatch as 50 people attempt to make a poached egg. Half of them don't even know what a poached egg is! Do you?
How-ToWho doesn't love to whip out their personal deep fryer that everybody definitely has in their kitchens and make fried chicken? Piece of cake, right? Watch as 50 people attempt to batter and fry chicken!
How-ToRules for opening a wine bottle: put your safety goggles on, put the knife down and watch this video because apparently a lot of people have no idea how to do it. Watch as 50 people try to open a wine bottle using corkscrews, screwdriver, hammers and knives!
How-ToWhen chopping lettuce, what is more important: speed or accuracy? In the case of some of these people, just being able to identify the vegetable would be a good start. Watch as 50 people attempt to chop, cut and, in some cases, tear up a head of iceberg lettuce.
PeopleEverybody can identify the basic shellfish -- lobster, shrimp, crab, etc. But who here knows what a langoustine is? How about a geoduck clam? We put 50 people to the test and challenge them to try identify various exotic shellfish.
How-ToWe could do an 'oh shucks' pun in this description, but we respectfully decline. Watch as 50 people attempt to pry open, smash apart and shuck an oyster. The easy part is smashing the shell. The hard part is super-gluing it back together.
How-ToWhat is the best way to crack a walnut open? A nutcracker? A hammer? A knife? Your fingers? Watch as 50 people attempt to crack, smash and open a delicious walnut.
PeopleThis Basic Skills Challenge is not for the squeamish. Do you know all the different cuts of beef? Sure, the tripe and tongue are pretty easy to identify, but how about the short rib or the hanger steak? Watch as 50 people attempt to identify a bunch of different cuts of beef.
How-ToYou may not know this, but the eggplant emoji is actually based on a real-life vegetable (or fruit, if you want to get technical). That's right, it blew our minds too. Anyway, watch as 50 people try to cut and prep a beautiful, purple eggplant!
How-ToThroughout the many, many Basic Skills Challenges we've done, there have been a ton of mistakes and fails. Here are some of our absolute favorites.
How-ToMost of the steps in making a basic quesadilla are exceedingly... basic. And then there's the flip. Ah yes, the flip. Actually, the flip is pretty basic too, but apparently not for everybody. Watch as 50 people attempt to make a quesadilla. Can they master the flip?
How-ToHow well could you identify different spices? Do you know what cumin looks like? What about that dark brown powder? Watch as 50 people attempt to taste, touch and sniff spices and identify what they are.
How-ToMaybe the challenge for this episode should have been identifying what this green veggie is. It's not mint, basil, onions or cilantro. It's parsley. Watch as 50 people try to mince parsley!
How-ToMaking popcorn on a stovetop is a great skill to have in your back pocket, but in the age of microwave ovens who still has what it takes? Watch (and listen) as 50 people attempt to set it off and get things popping.
How-ToAfter seeing the teary-eyed results of round one, how could we not go once more? Watch as 50 more people try their best to dice an onion but keep their dignity intact.
EntertainingLots of people love eating waffles, but how many of us can actually cook one? Watch as 50 people try to master the iron and make homemade waffles.
How-ToWe challenged 50 people to peel and grate the delicious and nutritious ginger root, a staple of world cuisine and homeopathic medicine. How many of them were up to the task?
How-ToIf you're comfortable mixing up and serving a batch of margaritas, chances are you've been the most popular person at a party once or twice. Watch as we challenge 50 people to channel their inner bartender and try to make a perfectly refreshing margarita.
How-ToSimple. Filling. Portable. Our love for the humble burrito knows no bounds. Most people would jump at the chance to eat one, but how many amongst us can perfectly roll a flour tortilla filled to capacity with delicious ingredients? We challenged 50 people to make a burrito for us on camera - check out the results.