We need to talk about Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski and those… avocados.
Antoni is the “Food and Wine” guy on Netflix’s reboot of the early noughties makeover show.
He’s very attractive and he’s very handy with an avocado.
He also seems to have the dream job and a far easier gig than the rest of the Fab Five.
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Tan France has to take their scruffy, somewhat unenthusiastic, makeover subjects shopping for a whole new wardrobe. Jonathan Van Ness has to lob off all their hair and shave off their unruly beards with the human equivalent of a hedge trimmer.
Bobby Berk renovates their entire house in less time than it takes you to say ‘neutral colour palette’. Karamo Brown has to teach them about culture ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and talk about their feelings.
And Antoni just has to place some raw ingredients on a plate.
After bingeing their way through the eight episode season, a few clever
avocados people have posed the question: Does Antoni actually know how to cook?
The short answer is… yes and no.
It all started with an in depth investigation by Patrick Lenton at Junkee who noted that Antoni’s food is “weirdly ordinary”.
The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner has also observed that “Antoni spends the show making recipes that verge on the remedial: grilled cheese, honey mustard, two-ingredient salads.”
And Twitter, of course, is so far down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories about Antoni’s cooking abilities that it may never come up for fresh air… or avocados.
Wow, thanks to Queer Eye’s Antoni for teaching me how to make this simple but elegant antipasto plate for when guests are coming over! pic.twitter.com/2TxOFB82gG
— Mitch Feltscheer (@mitchfel) February 14, 2018
I’m an Antoni truther. I don’t think that man can cook.
— Ali M’Barthwell (@wtflanksteak) February 22, 2018
Ok I’m still loving the new #QueerEye but did Antoni do ANYTHING the whole season beside telling us to put cilantro in our margaritas?
— dave (@davidtimm22) February 18, 2018
The new Queer Eye is like…a body positive hug wrapped up in an embrace that deconstructs toxic masculinity and sometimes that Antoni guy is like hey this is how you cut an avocado
— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 17, 2018
The division of labour on queer eye is very uneven. Bobby has to redo an entire house by himself & Antoni teaches them how to make a sandwich.
— Leila Latif (@Leila_Latif) February 19, 2018
You see, Antoni’s culinary knowledge pretty much boils down to ‘doin’ things with avocado’ and ‘placing two salad ingredients on plates’.
It’s very, very basic but it also looks pretty damn yummy.
He’s not actually a qualified chef, he’s just a bloke who’s really into food and he wants everyone else to appreciate the glorious art that is a good pot of chilli con carne.
In episode one he taught ‘You can’t fix ugly’ Tom how to make guacamole while the rest of the Fab Five taught him that you can, in fact, fix ugly. In the second episode he teaches ‘I don’t want to hug’ Neal how to make a grilled cheese sandwich.
It doesn’t get much fancier than that.
But and this is a huge but, that’s probably all it needs to be.
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The guys they’re making over aren’t cooking anything much before Antoni gets into their kitchen with his slim fit jeans and avocado dreams. And when he packs up and moves onto his next
victim subject, they’re left with at least one simple thing they can cook and maybe a renewed interest in cooking.
And isn’t that all anyone really wants in this life – a good looking bloke who knows his way around an avocado?
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