Shortly after we came up with the idea of creating this blog, Netflix all of a sudden started recommending a series to me about recooking leftovers from the day before (what a coincidence…not).
So – after lugging a hellofresh-box for another article (coming out soon~) up two flights of stairs to my apartment and one of their stupid cans falling on my big toe – I sat down to watch an episode or two.
“Best Leftovers Ever!”
In the Netflix series “Best Leftovers Ever!”, three new cooks from different walks of life are introduced in every episode. They are asked to cook something highly skill-intensive out of a given set of leftovers. The winner gets 10.000$. In the first round, the leftovers are the same for everyone. In the second round, every cook randomly gets one of three leftover boxes assigned, that all fit the same takeout topic.
Now you might ask me…
Linda, What Did You Think About The Leftovers Show?!
And I’ll tell you!
It was fun to watch the cooks whip up something creative with the ingredients they’ve been given. I also thought the judge’s way of critiquing was gentle and therefore not uncomfortable for the viewer. However, what did confuse me a little at first was the energy of the show! It reminded me a lot of the goofy environment that you see in “Nailed It!”, a baking show (also on Netflix) where terrible bakers compete against each other about who screws up the least (I can highly recommend it). But while the goofiness fits very well to a show like “Nailed It!”, it didn’t completely fit the topic in “Best Leftovers Ever!”, if you ask me. I guess they tried making it quirky and cool…but it ended up being a tiny bit on the cringy side.
Conclusion: The energy of the show feels off.
Additionally, replicating the dishes these cooks make out of leftovers at home seems almost impossible for anyone that isn’t basically a hobby-professional at this point. The show focuses more on trying to create dishes that you could eat at a restaurant. And as a result – in order to create something professional and competition-worthy – not everything from the set leftovers is being used. They also use stuff from an infinite pantry that basically carries anything you could ever ask for.
Photo: Netflix Trailer
Conclusion: It’s not too realistic for an easy leftovers-save at home.
It probably would have been more interesting to not just look at pretty and astonishing cooking-results but learn more about properly using every single part of a leftover meal and a small set amount of additional ingredients. That way, the show would be more realistic and easier to connect with for an averagely-talented cook (like me). This would also have been more topical concerning food waste.
What I found informative were the Takeaway Tips and other explanations the jury-cooks give you sometimes. But for only having eight episodes, I would have liked to see a little bit more sustainable content that I can use myself in the kitchen.
Here Is Something I Need To Cut Them Some Slack For, Though:
It is very fun to watch these unappetizing leftovers change into something super yummy! I also like the way the show illustrates this, especially what part of which leftover is used for which part of the new dish. It motivates you to be creative with your own leftovers.
And most of the people that take part in the show seem genuinely interested in reusing their food at home instead of throwing it away.
I was also interested in what happens with all those ingredients the cooks can take out of the pantry! Like – will they throw those away after all and therefore produce even more food waste even though the show is all about reusing stuff? I tried searching for any information on it but sadly couldn’t find any…Let’s hope they don’t 😀