No rules, cheap ingredients, epic dishes. SHANNON MOLLOY meets two blokes defying kitchen conventions
BUDGET ingredients, no strict recipes, basic appliances but awe-inspiring culinary creations — this is the perfect food show for both younger generations and anyone who struggles with cooking.
But even if you’re a kitchen whiz or on the other end of the age spectrum, Brothers Green: EATS! makes for captivating viewing. Not least for the absurd creations of Mike and Josh Greenfield.
Some of their notable dishes include macaroni and cheese nachos, microwave Mexican-style lasagne, and an epic savoury cake that’s a candied bacon-covered cornbread with mash potato icing.
They regularly produce “food hacks” such as bacon and cheese popcorn or peanut butter and jam-stuffed French toast.
And they’ve used everything from camp stoves to clothes irons to prepare their grub.
“Basically take everything you know about cooking shows and flip it on its head,” Josh says. “This is two brothers hanging out, having a good time and experimenting in the kitchen. We make cheap and easy food that anyone can recreate.”
Mike was a struggling musician and Josh was a university student when they moved in together in Brooklyn and relied on their philosophy of cheap but creative eats to survive.
When a filmmaker friend moved in and began recording their antics, uploading clips to YouTube, they soon earned a massive following. Then MTV came knocking and the boys made the jump to the small screen.
Mike and Josh first discovered an interest in cooking as kids – a passion that was born out of necessity, given their busy parents were far from whizzes in the kitchen.
“Our mum was a terrible cook,” Josh laughs. “We’d complain and she’d tell us to make our own food if we hated hers so much. So we did.
“Through that journey we started experimenting. We didn’t follow rules of convention. We did our own thing and fell in love with cooking.
“There’s a real joy to making something, especially for other people.”
That knack for making something awesome out of very little came in handy during those years in Brooklyn, when money was tight. And while they loved watching traditional cooking shows, Mike says there was “a disconnect”. “We’d go into our crappy kitchen with no appliances and maybe three things in the fridge and couldn’t replicate anything,” he says.
Their TV show is a combination of what they were doing online, mixed with celebrity food encounters at some of MTV’s big events.
“We hung out with Enrique Iglesias at his concert in Malta – we were his backstage chefs,” Mike said. “We got to cook with Ed Sheeran in Scotland too.”
But at the heart of it, their main aim is still inspiring people to get into the kitchen, whatever their ability or means, just like they did all those years ago. BROTHERS GREEN: EATS! THURSDAY, 9PM, MTV