Antoni doesn’t care whether you like what he has to cook or not: you’ll eat it anyway.
Former actor and model Antoni Porowski is the self-styled food and wine specialist of Netflix’s Queer Eye – but has found himself at the centre of a culinary conspiracy since the show launched in February 2018.
Why? Well, because he tends to spend each episode making recipes that verge on the remedial: think grilled cheese, guacamole, pasta sauces, two-ingredient salads and the like. As Vulture’s Bowen Yang puts it: “He’s preparing food a child would make when they’re old enough not to need a sitter.”
Of course, one could argue that Antoni – with his boyish good looks and heart-melting smile – has purposefully selected these recipes with his makeover subjects in mind. In simplifying the kitchen experience, he grants them access to a part of their homes in which they have previously been unable to comfortably be themselves. He teaches them that it’s OK to be a beginner, that it’s OK not to know exactly what you’re doing, and that cooking can be fun, quick and easy: it doesn’t involve years and years at culinary school.
More importantly, though, the kitchen (which Antoni describes as his “safe space”) is the perfect setting for his many impromptu therapy sessions – including that emotional and tear-jerking chat with religious community leader Tammye in season two.
That being said, Antoni is well aware that he has unwittingly launched a slew of avocado jokes online. And now, just in time for Halloween, he’s fighting back… via the medium of horror.
That’s right: Antoni has teamed up with Netflix to film a short horror film – which parodies Christian Bale’s American Psycho – as part of a new series called Don’t Watch This.
Check out the trailer for yourself:
We’re so here for this.
The full series of Don’t Watch This – including the full Antoni Psycho episode – is available on Netflix now. Although, fair warning, it may change the way you see Queer Eye forever…