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I know what the teens like and they like TikTok. At least, that’s what I tell myself while I spend hours scrolling through the app. I might be wasting my life away learning the moves to dances I will only attempt alone in my bathroom or laughing out loud to riffs on the same joke, but at least I’m not aging out of the zeitgeist. Can I define the term “e-boy”? No! But I can use the word in a sentence sometimes.

If you’re looking for something to distract you while you’re on the toilet, something to make you laugh in between emails or something to distract you from that horrible smell on the Metro, step into my 100% hand selected, highly curated, TikTok movie theatre. Maybe this is your first video, maybe this is your 69th, either way, take my hand and dive headfirst into the world of TikTok chefs. Today, we’re learning how to cook with TikTok.

While dance moves, pranks and whatever is going on in the Hype House might be racking up the most views on TikTok, there are a million different subcultures dispersed among the app. In the slightly more adult corners (by that, I mean the mid-20s users), you can find a slew of folks who want to teach you how to cook. Throw all your cookbooks in the garbage and cancel your cable package. This is how TikTok likes to cook.

A TikTok chef’s favorite thing to do is to yell about steak. There are so many videos about steak. This one is also, weirdly, one of the first TikTok videos I watched:

@flakeysaltHow to cook a real steak. No more bad steaks from now on. #food #cooking #steak #tailgateszn #tastesdifferent #fyp #foryou #foodchallenge #foodlover♬ original sound – flakeysalt

On the opposite side of the TikTok food spectrum, here’s a sweet video about making breakfast:

@maggietron_Breakfast but make it lunch #crushedit #foryou #fyp #cooking #breakfast #LastChristmasMovie #comfortfood #cookingvideo♬ original sound – maggietron_

Meet the queen of cheese boards on TikTok:

@magsmealsnobody was quiet on the set 😢 anyways! do y’all want more cooking videos or charcuterie only??♬ original sound – magsmeals

Feeling thirsty? Why not go for a cocktail:

@atownnnnnnnnn#duet #fyp #foryou wait for it…♬ 原聲 – Mr. Hu🇰🇭🇨🇳

This is a great meal prep idea:

@ella.whatkinsThe wait is worth it #comedy #fyp #viral #4u #sausage #fanchallenge♬ Reborn – Colin Stetson

Are you bored of breakfast? Mix it up:

@celiceli_xin#煎蛋 #海苔 #蛋捲♬ 原聲 – Celixin Food Only

Check out this bro showing off his slick knife skills:

@cookwitheA tik tok trend and you learn something too. #pickles #cookingvideo #cooking #fyp #foryoupage #comedyking #CozyLittleChristmas #foodchallenge #food♬ oryginalny dźwięk – anna.ratke

This looks like something a mermaid would drink. I am 50% intrigued and 50% frightened:

@y.na__타로밀크티 🦑 #taro#milktea 💜#홈카페#홈카페영상#라떼#밀크티#homecafe#cafe#카페#커피#coffee#tea#sweet#drinks#yum♬ 오리지널 사운드 – y.na__

Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew:

@acooknamedmattMillion Layers of potatoes #potato #cooking #yum #makeitawesome #potatos #chef♬ original sound – acooknamedmatt

This one is equal parts sweet and perplexing:

@julianohodgesA Delicious Chicken Melt 🐓 #tiktokpartner♬ original sound – julianohodges

And you can relive your dorm room days with this baby:

@jessiesayheyRamen with a dorm room egg 🙂 #yummy #dormfood #dormlife #food #yum #forus #ramen♬ original sound – jessiesayhey

If those meals are too mainstream for you, let’s get experimental:

@unbreakable_kybone app the teeth my guy #fyp #cooking♬ original sound – ssaaggei

This is perfectly safe:

@thiccnintendobitchesAnyone can cook. #Food #foru #foryou #onision #comedу #mrbeast♬ original sound – haleyisannoying

You can and should do this at home:

@helen_not_kellerForbidden corn dog #foryou #foryourpage #fyp #4u♬ original sound – ssaaggei

And for dessert:

@emily.taylitlet’s pray i don’t get fired 🙂 #fyp♬ Candy – Doja Cat

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