College student's crispy potatoes are internet-famous — here's how to make them
During the coronavirus pandemic, many cooking trends at TikTok went viral: Whipped coffee was already in the spotlight in March, and Wolkenbrot took over the platform in the summer.
Some TikTok users took the opportunity to share their passion for cooking in the short-form video sharing app. Among them is the 20-year-old student Jeremy Scheck, who only started posting videos on TikTok in the spring and who has already amassed almost two million followers.
TIKTOK CHEF JEREMY SCHECK (Jeremy Scheck)
“I was sent home from college early last semester, I had nothing to do at home, and I just started making videos to pass the time,” he told NBC's Gadi Schwartz. "I think it combined all of my interests and all of my previous experiences into what I think (was) the perfect storm to make it all happen."
While Scheck only recently started sharing the videos online, he said he's been cooking for about years.
Related: Let's just say he takes the bait.
"On the one hand, it seemed like it came out of nowhere, on the other hand, what I'm doing on TikTok is exactly what I've been preparing for five years," said Scheck.
He credits the success of the videos, which can attract millions of viewers, to the increasing popularity of home cooking amid the pandemic.
"I think people are kind of home looking in and going back to basics and craving for food," he said.
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In his most popular video, he shows a recipe for crispy potatoes. By December, the video had been viewed more than 23 million times, and Schwartz had the opportunity to virtually cook alongside check when he tried the recipe himself. The recipe is flexible, and Scheck recommends home cooks use the condiments and condiments they like and have on hand rather than recommending exact amounts or flavors.
Internet famous crispy potatoes by Jeremy Scheck
"The spices are yours," he said. "People always ask me, 'What if I don't have this? What if I don't like this?' You can change that. That is whatever your preference is. "
Scheck also said the brevity and flexibility of the videos might inspire people to cook more, as it can seem more manageable than following a complicated recipe.
"My mother, she has four children, she doesn't open a cookbook," said Scheck. "She wants to see something for 60 seconds, figure out the essentials and then do her own thing ... I try to explain things, but it's still a minute so there is only so much you can explain."
Related: He's not even 3 and he fries chicken on a regular basis.
For those who want more details, Scheck shares all of his recipes online on his website with step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly recreate the meal.
"I understand people want to have it written out with lots of details," he said.
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