Binging with Babish

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Binging with Babish
Title card from the first episode of Binging with Babish
GenreCooking show
Created byAndrew Rea
StarringAndrew Rea
Narrated byAndrew Rea
Opening theme"Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs" by Kelsey Grammer
(Season 1; episodes 1-20)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes160 (as of November 15, 2019) (list of episodes)
Running time<10 minutes
Original networkYouTube
Original releaseFebruary 10, 2016 (2016-02-10) –
Related shows
  • Basics with Babish
  • Being with Babish
External links
Official website

Binging with Babish is a YouTube cooking channel created by American filmmaker Andrew Rea (born September 2, 1987) which recreates recipes featured in film, television, and video games. The show premiered on February 10, 2016, and the channel currently has over 5 million subscribers.


The YouTube channel was created by Rea on August 21, 2006;[1] his name was inspired by The West Wing character Oliver Babish.[2] Three videos unrelated to Binging with Babish were uploaded to the account, two in 2007 and one in 2010. The first episode of Binging with Babish aired on February 10, 2016, which is about a Parks and Recreation burger cook-off.[3] For the first 20 episodes, Binging with Babish used the opening lines of the Frasier theme song, "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs," performed by Kelsey Grammer. On later episodes of season 1, the Frasier theme was omitted in order to avoid intellectual property rights issues as he started to monetize the videos. The show now begins with a clip of the food item being recreated, followed by Rea entering the kitchen while welcoming the viewers. Intitially, Rea primarily used electronic rock band Ratatat's song "Cream on Chrome" as background music in episodes, but since monetizing his channel the majority of episodes now use the song "Add And" by royalty-free composer Broke For Free. In the earlier episodes, Rea's face was not shown on camera, only his shirt and apron, accompanied by Rea's voice-over.

Its first video to be widely circulated aired on November 14, 2016, making the "Moistmaker" sandwich from Friends. The channel's growth has been driven by fans promoting its videos on Reddit and other social media platforms. Rea created a Patreon account to earn an income and, after reaching a monthly $10,000 goal, quit his day job to work full-time on Binging with Babish,[4] which is released weekly on Tuesdays.[5] He spent $6,000 on a Sony digital camera, lights and editing software, and does the production, editing and narration for the videos. The cost of each episode, according to Rea, "varies wildly" because of the ever-changing variety of food and ingredients used.[4]

Rea posts recipes for the dishes on his website[6] and on October 3, 2017, he published a cookbook titled Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, containing 40 recipes featured in film.[7] He started the series Basics with Babish on October 12, 2017, teaching preparation of basic recipes, stocking up on and using essential tools and equipment for cooking, as well as a variety of cooking techniques.[2]

On March 19, 2019, at the end of a video that involved recreating the iconic cake from the Portal series of video games, Rea premiered a trailer for his new show, Being with Babish, which premiered on March 22, 2019.[8][9] The new show focuses on Rea giving back to his fans and to the people who have helped him in his various episodes.

For April Fools' Day 2019, he released a video titled "Binging with Babish: Brock's Donuts from Pokémon,"[10] where he made rice ball-shaped doughnuts to make fun of 4Kids Entertainment changing rice balls in the original Pokémon anime into doughnuts. This was immediately followed by a video where he "corrected" his error by making proper onigiri.[11]

On October 22, 2019, Rea published his second cookbook titled Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows, containing 100 pop-culture recipes from his series.[12]


During each episode, Rea prepares step-by-step instructions on the preparation of film and television-related meals.[4] The show is typically filmed at his torso, in the kitchen of his New York City apartment with a voice-over added in post-production. Each episode contains dry humor[13] and is paced at a fast speed. After creating the dish as it originally appeared, some episodes include Rea's interpretation of the recipe.[5]

The show has featured many guest appearances from other YouTube creators who cook alongside Rea, such as Cocktail Chemistry's Nick Fisher,[14] Ashwin Ramdas from Ashwin Enjoys Nature,[15] You Suck At Cooking,[16] Brad Leone from Bon Appétit (star of It's Alive with Brad),[17] and First We Feast's Sean Evans.[18] Rea has also appeared as a guest star on Evans's series Hot Ones.[19] Rea's 4 million subscribers video featured a special guest appearance by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who assisted Rea in creating the Death Sandwich from Regular Show (achieved by adding fugu).[20]

On some occasions, Rea has hosted actors from the shows and films the recipes are sourced from. As part of production on their cooking series The Chef Show (on which Rea appears in multiple episodes), filmmaker/actor Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi appeared in an episode to make chocolate lava cakes from Favreau's film Chef, one of Rea's favorite films which he has featured numerous times on the show. Favreau ended the episode by presenting Rea with the carving fork prop used in a prominent scene from the film.[21] Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame appeared in an episode where she and Rea attempted to recreate Direwolf Bread.[22] Williams, a fan of Binging with Babish, arranged her guest appearance after messaging multiple YouTube food channels (including Bon Appétit) about appearing on one of their shows while she was in New York.[23]


Binging with Babish
Personal information
BornAndrew Douglas Rea
(1987-09-02) September 2, 1987 (age 32)[24]
ResidenceNew York, New York
YouTube information
Total views729,040,193
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers
Updated August 22, 2019

Andrew Douglas Rea (born September 2, 1987) was born in Mendon, New York and raised in Rochester, to parents Annie and Douglas Rea. He has an older brother, David. His nephew, Christopher, made an appearance in one of his videos portraying a younger version of himself. He is of Polish, Italian and Welsh descent. Rea was taught to cook at a young age by his mother, who died when he was 11. In 2009, Rea graduated with a BA in Film Studies from Hofstra University [25] and later worked as a visual effects artist for SwitchFX Inc.[5][26]


Main series[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
182February 12, 2016May 15, 2018
278May 22, 2018Present


Series Start Date End Date
Name Seasons Episodes
Basics with Babish 2 55 October 12, 2017 Present
Being with Babish 1 6 March 22, 2019

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Result
2017 7th Streamy Awards Food Nominated
Breakout Creator Nominated
2018 10th Shorty Awards Best in Food Nominated
2019 9th Streamy Awards Food Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Binging with Babish - About". YouTube. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Fuhrmeister, Chris (May 5, 2017). "'Binging With Babish' Turns Dishes From TV Shows Into Real Food". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Binging with Babish - Videos". YouTube. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Downes, Larry (August 4, 2017). "One recipe at a time, YouTube's 'Binging With Babish' is disrupting the content industry". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Shaffer, Claire (June 21, 2017). ""Binging with Babish" Faithfully Recreates TV and Film Recipes for an Online Audience". Newsweek. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Bonem, Mark (August 16, 2017). "How the Star of Binging with Babish Went from YouTube Star to Cookbook Author". Food & Wine. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Gutelle, Sam (October 3, 2017). "Binging With Babish's 'Eat What You Watch' Becomes Amazon's Second Best-Selling Cookbook On Its Release Day". Tubefilter. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Cake from Portal". Binging with Babish. Season 2. Episode 44. March 19, 2018. YouTube. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Giving Back to a Fan in Need". Being with Babish. Season 1. Episode 1. March 22, 2018. YouTube. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Binging with Babish: Brock's Donuts from Pokémon". Binging with Babish. Season 1. Episode 83. April 1, 2019. YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Binging with Babish: Brock's Onigiri from Pokémon".
  12. ^ Press, Associated (2019-10-29). "Cookbook makes it easy to dine like Buddy the elf or 'Seinfeld's' Elaine". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  13. ^ Feldman, Jamie (November 15, 2016). "This Is The Most Beautiful Thanksgiving Sandwich Video You've Ever Seen". HuffPost. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "Binging with Babish: Twin Peaks Pancakes & Coffee (feat. Cocktail Chemistry)". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Binging with Babish: Carol's Beet & Acorn Cookies (feat. Ashwin Enjoys Nature)". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Binging with Babish: Clay-Roasted Thigh from Hannibal (feat. You Suck at Cooking)". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Binging with Babish: Lasagna from Garfield (feat. It's Alive with Brad)". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Binging with Babish: Arrested Development Special (feat. Sean Evans)". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Binging with Babish Gets a Tattoo While Eating Spicy Wings". YouTube. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Rea, Andrew. "Binging with Babish 4 Million Subscriber Special: Death Sandwich from Regular Show". YouTube. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Binging with Babish: Chocolate Lava Cakes from Chef feat. Jon Favreau and Roy Choi". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  22. ^ Rea, Andrew. "Binging with Babish: Direwolf Bread from Game of Thrones (feat. Maisie Williams)". YouTube. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Maisie Williams Shivers Uncontrollably While Eating Spicy Wings - Hot Ones". YouTube. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Livestream #1 | Basics with Babish". YouTube. October 27, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2018. I'm a Virgo, I'm not a Libra. September 2nd.
  25. ^ "How Much Money Binging With Babish Makes On YouTube - Net Worth". Naibuzz. January 18, 2018.
  26. ^ "Binging with Babish: Banana Pudding Pizza from Doug". September 18, 2018 – via YouTube.