Bong Appétit: Review
Starring: Abdullah Saeed and guests
Created by: Munchies
Run Time: 2016 -
Bong Appetit is a reality serie by Vice Media's food channel Munchies. It is hosted on Viceland and focuses on the culinary applications of cannabis. The show features a cast of high-level chefs that try their experienced hands at cooking specialty dishes with a cannabis twist.
Bong Appetit showcases the possibility of incorporating cannabis into cuisine, providing a glimpse into a future where the herb is a flavorful addition to many different styles of food. In doing so, the show smashes the stereotype of pot brownies and weed tea, and replaces it with cannabis-infused cocktails and bud-based starters.
The show is hosted by cannabis enthusiast Abdullah Saeed, who is responsible for throwing the cannabis-themed parties at the end of each episode—the guests of which include celebrities and comedians eager to experience the pot-laced cuisine.
Bong Appetit is a unique lens through which the new and refreshing world of high-class cannabis cooking is explored. Cannabis experts knowledgeable in cannabinoids, terpenes, flavors, and effects team up with renowned and up-and-coming chefs to deliver the highest level of cannabis cuisine to participants. The show is an excellent example of how cannabis can and will find its place within society in the future.
Seeing large jars of dank cannabis buds in a pro chef’s kitchen really helps the viewer realize exactly what it is: a herb. Although the dinner guests usually end up getting fairly baked, the show isn’t just centered around dishes created with the intention to blitz those who devour them. Extreme attention is paid to how a particular strain of cannabis could contribute to a dish. This is where the cannabis expert steps in.
The chefs conjure up stunning and well-crafted dishes, but the cannabis expert takes the limelight when it comes to exactly what strain should be involved. Some of the dishes aren’t psychoactive at all, such as a cannabis alcohol that uses fresh buds to infuse the beverage with THCA and a variety of flavorful terpenes.
In truth, there isn’t much about this show to criticize. The food is outstanding, the chefs are high-level, and the cannabis is top-quality. One of the downsides is that it costs money to watch the show, but the same can be said for almost any worthwhile TV show out there.
The cost of television packages might put many viewers off who don’t have a set to begin with—something becoming more and more common as the internet takes over older technologies.
Also, the show isn’t for those expecting professional-level reviews of the dishes presented. The guests are there for the experience and to enjoy something that may be new to them. Perhaps in the future, as cannabis cooking becomes more widespread, more MasterChef-style shows will arise.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Bong Appetit is a refreshing and inspiring reality TV show that offers a whole new perception of cannabis to many who watch it. The structure and presentation of the show is both gripping and uplifting. Watching the process of raw materials being turned into exquisite dishes more than fires up one’s appetite for an edibles session.