Aren’t sure when you should make the jump from amateur cook to professional chef? You probably should perfect some knife skills, apply to culinary schools, shadow a few chefs, get some investors, and build a restaurant, right? Well, Mike and Josh Greenfield have thrown out the book on how to catapult to gastronomic greatness. (That book they threw out can be purchased here).
The brothers hail from Philly but migrated to Brooklyn a few of years ago. Josh was bouncing from gig to gig with his band, Canon Logic, and Mike had just finished his undergrad at Pitt.
Like most of us, Mike and Josh couldn’t stand the thought of sitting in an office all day. They spent the summer jamming, hanging out, and throwing impromptu concerts and dinner parties on their rooftop in Williamsburg (I mean… are you surprised?). Fun was had by all and some pretty sophisticated dishes were developed along the way. They came to the conclusion that they should give this cooking thing a good ol’ fashioned college try.
Mike began documenting their experiments on Everyday Appetite. Trust us, these plates are nothing short of experiments. Some of their more notable dishes include a Chicken Bacon Ranch Sushi Roll and Strawberry Balsamic Basil Creme Brulee. Their lack of formal training has dropped the guards typical chefs put up when faced with unfamiliar ingredients or unorthodox cooking environments. They are fearless and are no strangers to trial and error.
Friends caught on quickly, and soon Mike and Josh were monetizing their craft, formed Brothers Green and started to provide custom weekly cuisines to their fellow busy Brooklynites. Their comical attitude and undeniable chemistry in the kitchen lent itself to some hysterical home videos. And as luck would have it, the duo’s other roommate was a filmmaker who was able to cut and splice footage together to help create their first cooking show, YuNork, which parodied the opening credits to Showtime’s hit, Dexter.
It’s easy to tell that Josh is the real loose cannon and could regularly be found attempting some ridiculous dish or accidentally nicking Mike with an immersion blender. Mike tends to keep things cool, calm, and collected and throws on the charm for the cameras.
Their stunts did not go unnoticed. Before long, Rachael Ray was knocking at their door to do a burger cook-off on her show, and then things really went viral. The next opportunity came from our beloved Hungry Channel on YouTube.
Brothers Green now has its own show that goes live every Monday. And to nobody’s surprise they are still dazzling the crowds. Tens of thousands of viewers tune in to see what new concoction the two are cooking up, and we are too.
Keep an eye on these boys, they’re going to storm their way into your kitchens soon enough, whether you like it or not…
All Photos Credit Mike Greenfield