Green eat­ing

No rules, cheap in­gre­di­ents, epic dishes. SHAN­NON MOL­LOY meets two blokes de­fy­ing kitchen con­ven­tions

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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

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