Lesson of the Day: ‘TikTok, the Fastest Way on Earth to Become a Food Star’

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Lesson Overview

Featured Article: “TikTok, the Fastest Way on Earth to Become a Food Star” by Taylor Lorenz

What does your “For You” web page appear like on TikTookay? Do you watch principally dance challenges, lip syncs, comedians, journey movies or one thing else? Have you ever ventured onto meals TikTookay, or FoodTookay?

Food content material exploded on the app when the pandemic compelled folks indoors and cooking turned a interest for a lot of. Now, some Gen Z cooks have turned to TikTookay to develop into acknowledged and celebrated in the cooking world.

In this lesson, you’ll study what it’s like to make your dwelling as a younger superstar chef. Then, you’ll create a TikTookay cooking video with a recipe of your alternative.


Do you get pleasure from cooking? Do you want to assist members of the family in the kitchen or do you like to whip up meals on your individual? Do you ever cook dinner with your folks?

Watch this 60-second TikTookay video from Eitan Bernath, a 19-year-old TikTookay star with greater than 1.6 million followers, who is understood for his vibrant, upbeat and approachable cooking movies. Then, reply to the following questions:

What strategies does Mr. Bernath use to hook you at the starting of the video? How does he maintain your curiosity and a focus all through?

Are you curious about cooking this recipe? Does it really feel simple sufficient that you might strive it at dwelling? If so, what about the video made it appear accessible to you?

Would you be fascinated with creating TikTookay cooking movies like this one? Why or why not?

Questions for Writing and Discussion

Read the article, then reply the following questions:

1. Have you seen, or tried, any viral meals tendencies? The article mentions ones like whipped espresso, “TikTok pasta” and the three-ingredient Oreo cake. Why do you suppose these quick cooking movies enchantment to so many individuals?

2. Eunice Shin, the head of media and leisure at a development technique agency, and Jad Dayeh, the head of digital media at a prime expertise company, defined why they suppose TikTookay has develop into such a well-liked platform. Do you agree with their analyses? What else do you suppose contributes to TikTookay’s recognition?

three. Why may somebody aspire to be a FoodTookay star? Have you ever wished to develop into a TikTookay superstar for cooking or one thing else?

four. What are some of the profession objectives of individuals who begin on TikTookay as meals content material creators?

5. Why are teenagers and residential cooks drawn to TikTookay cooking movies to be taught new recipes, versus extra conventional cookbooks or full-length cooking exhibits?

6. Choose one of the TikTookay creators featured in the article and watch a number of of their movies. What stands out about the meals they cook dinner and the means they current it of their movies?

7. Ahmad Alzahabi, a TikTookay meals star in Flint, Mich., stated younger creators are a little extra imaginative in the kitchen: “I think this younger generation, especially in America with all the cultures that are mixing together, I think there will be a new breed of insane foods that are combining all these cultures and ethnicities.” Do you agree that Gen Z cooks are inventive or fascinated with mixing cultures and traditions in cooking and past? Why or why not?

Going Further

Create your individual TikTookay meals video. You can watch extra examples from the featured article to get impressed, or simply get began by selecting a favourite recipe. It may very well be one thing you’ve created on your individual, one thing you discovered from a member of the family, or one that you simply’ve constituted of a web site or cookbook (simply make certain to give applicable credit score).

Then, write out all of the substances and steps in the recipe. If you do something particular, like add an ingredient or use a little-known kitchen software, make certain to specify that as nicely.

Break down the steps in your recipe to 4 or 5 shorter steps, like in the TikTookay movies featured in the article. How might you make this recipe even simpler and extra accessible to viewers? Are you ready to mix two or extra steps? Or use fewer bowls, pans or pots?

To plan out your video, create a storyboard, or use this template, to decide 5 – 6 frames and their corresponding steps in the recipe. Consider, as the movies featured in the article do, how one can assist your viewers perceive the recipe and preserve them engaged.

If you’d like, movie your cooking video and edit it down to 60 seconds or much less. Then share it along with your classmates or on social media.

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