As every starving college student knows, there are a few forever-looming questions like, Where’s my next meal coming from? Is there anything even semi-edible in my refrigerator? Is it too late to roll through a drive-thru? Is it worthwhile to toil in the kitchen for a meal?
If you find yourself pondering over these questions on any basis, be it hourly, daily or weekly, then fear not, ABC Family has the perfect show for you. We all can acknowledge that during our most studious endeavors we tend to forget about our hunger needs until it’s too late, long after the dining halls and grocery stores have closed, relying on fast food, microwaveable meals or worse, not eating. For most of us college students the time has come to make drastic improvements in our bad eating habits that have developed since mom made us start packing our own lunches.
When desperate times are upon us, we can no longer sustain, let alone nourish, ourselves with lunches that consist of soda, salty ramen noodles and loads of high-fructose corn syrup. It’s time to stop cramming our faces with nachos and pizza between classes, and “College Chef” is here to help you!
Starring Aaron Hill from “Greek,” “College Chef” should be hailed as a pioneer in TV culinary education because not only does it surpass the expectations for most modern cooking shows, it also easily translates cooking recipes and ideas for college students to digest and enjoy.
“We want to show how easy it is to do,” says Hill. “That’s the bottom line. Anyone can do it, and there is no reason anyone should be afraid of it. That is a part of what we are trying to do; educate how easy it is to cook and how good it can be with simple things you find just about anywhere.”
This revolutionary Web series starts on a high note and never falters, with episode one, titled “Cooking with Beer,” for those who run from the idea of having to cook for themselves. It is an excellent choice to produce a show like this with Hill, because his on-screen persona Charles, aka the Beaver, on “Greek” is not someone who is thought of highly outside of the jock circle. But if there is one thing we can learn from jocks, it’s how cooking should be easy for all.
“I think simplicity is often a good thing,” Hill assures. “Sometimes you tend to overcomplicate things. Most people hear about cooking and they kind of freak out, whereas it is really just a simple process. If we can present it in a way that shows how easy it is, how affordable it is and how well it can be done on normal household appliances like toaster ovens and electric grills...”
For those who are unfamiliar with “Greek,” Charles earned his nickname in the series for gnawing on a wooden chair during a drunken stupor. So it’s quite fitting for Hill to jump the shark and educate about the necessity of cooking skills even for those who are fearful of the kitchen.
“We are trying to relay how easy it is. We try to throw a little spice and a little comedy and make it a cooking show for those who don’t watch cooking shows and who don’t normally cook. So it’s a show for everyone.”
“College Chef” is an excellent way to practice and hone your cooking skills, which might come in handy for multiple reasons.
“Cafeteria food only has certain hours,” Hill begins. “If you want to impress that significant other or you hope to be a significant other, that’s certainly a way to someone’s heart.”
He continues, “It speaks highly of the [show] that someone can watch this, go home and make it themselves, and be happy with themselves and the results, and make others happy as well.”
With episodes like “Gourmet Ramen?” available on ABC Family’s Web site on Nov. 15 and “Champion of Breakfast” available Dec. 15, it’s time to stop putting your food needs into the hands of other people.
For more information, visit abcfamily.com/greek.