An heiress steps into the kitchen in ‘Cooking With Paris’

'Cooking With Paris' - Hilton shows off culinary chops

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton isn’t exactly an ace in the kitchen. She’ll be the first to admit that, but she also doesn’t mind bringing viewers along on her journey to cooking competence in a series currently streaming on Netflix.

In “Cooking With Paris,” the socialite, heiress, businesswoman and media personality welcomes you into her kitchen as she learns how to slice, dice, sauté and sear. She’s joined by celebrity friends, who engage in friendly banter with the host as she showcases her burgeoning culinary skills, her glamorous kitchen wardrobe and her formidable party-throwing talents.

The idea for the series came about from a video that Hilton posted to YouTube last year showing her making her “Paris Lasagna,” which has garnered more than 5 million views since its debut.

“It was just a fun video that I filmed at home during quarantine,” explains Hilton, who is also an executive producer here, “where I didn’t take anything too seriously and I had no idea that it would take off like that. I started getting calls about putting together the show and the rest is history. …”

“I learned to cook so many things that I’ve never cooked before,” she continues. “It was a lot of fun to learn all of these new skills, try new recipes and to bond with my friends.”

In the episodes, Hilton tackles relatively simple items such as frittatas, cannolis and even vegan fries, helped by guests including singer Demi Lovato, TV personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Saweetie. And while she’s not exactly Julia Child, she does appear to have some kitchen smarts, which she says she learned from her mother growing up. She also dresses to the nines, which in some cases has resulted in ruined clothing.

But this show isn’t about education so much as entertainment. Hilton had fun filming the episodes with her friends and she hopes her experiences resonate with viewers.

“With everything that’s happened in the world in the past year and a half, people want to be able to laugh and smile and watch something that makes them feel good and also learn,” she says. “I think a lot of people have been cooking at home during this time and love making new things. It’s such a fun experience to invite someone over and cook and bond with them. I hope that the show also inspires others to invite their friends over to cook and enjoy their company.”

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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