If you’ve ever watch a cooking show, you know that they tend to follow a certain pattern. The chef focuses on a particular dish, they go through the preparation step-by-step with the ingredients laid out before them, and usually regale the viewer with entertaining stories along the way. But Paris Hilton takes it to another level.
The heiress and DJ has a new YouTube series that doesn’t centre on being rich or spinning vinyl, but rather on cooking. Apparently, in all her 38 years of existence, only those close to her were aware of her culinary talents, but now she wants to share them with the rest of the world. And there is so much goodness in the first episode of Cooking With Paris, you need to see it to believe it. She starts by introducing herself and her sous chef, her black chihuahua Diamond Baby, who is “killing” it in a custom Chanel apron. Paris then reveals she’s making her famous “‘Sliving’ Lasagna” (a.k.a. slaying with living your best life). Paris’ demo doesn’t go as smoothly as her ricotta mix, but it might be the most entertaining thing you’ll ever see.
Make this: Roasted vegetable lasagna with spinach ricotta and burrata
First, she isn’t working with the ingredients she usually works with, like pasta that doesn’t require cooking and cheese that’s already shredded, but “life could be worse.” She’s also cooking in a new kitchen for the first time which has none of the tools she typically works with, but she takes it all in stride. Thankfully she’s wearing black fingerless chef gloves to protect her beautifully manicured hands from getting in the box grater’s way. For cooking the lasagna noodles, the Simple Life star suggests viewers “be delicate as they break really easily” — before slamming them all down into the pot. But her kitchen advice is quite practical at times. If you have long hair, be careful because it can light on fire. Don’t get too excited when you’re seasoning. If a barbecue spatula isn’t pliable enough to saute the beef (oh, that poor pan), use it alongside a potato masher. If you use too much oil or salt, paper towels (and bottled water, because “who knows what’s in these sewers, it’s beyond”) are your friend. Always stay hydrated while you’re cooking. And a little unicorn mist never hurt anyone.
Paris is right about two things: shredding mozzarella and boiling lasagna noodles is annoying. Hilton also points out “there are so many different types of cheese out now that it’s not normal, but it’s cool,” and we have to agree. And while Paris’ lasagna is so good it doesn’t require onions or garlic (though you might want to include them into your own recipe), a crap ton of cheese will make up for any forgotten ingredients.
While Hilton finds lasagna really fun and easy to make, she gets why people think it’s hard. “It is a lot of steps compared to making toast or something.” Oh, Paris. Never change. And please, keep cooking. We can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us next week.