Are You Smarter Than A Pro Chef: Babish Vs. June

In the ultimate non-cooking competition show; we have Binging With Babish's Andrew Rea going head-to-head against Delish's own, June Xie, in answering not-so-basic cooking questions. Whoever has the most correct answers at the end, wins. (What do they win? Nothing. Glory. Pride. Who is to say.) And yes, of course, the questions will get slightly harder in each round .

Video Transcript

ANDREW REA: Oh. Wild guess.

JUNE XIE: Oh my God.

ANDREW REA: I didn't realize that this was going to get really deep here on Delish.


JUNE XIE: Welcome to "Are You Smarter Than a Pro Chef?" In this show, I'm gonna go head to head with your favorite people on the internet. We're gonna see who's wiser, who knows more [BLEEP].


JUNE XIE: And you know, in the end, nobody wins anything. My inaugural guest today is Binging with Babish's Andrew.

ANDREW REA: What's up, guys? My name is Andrew Rea. I make a show called Binging with Babish. And today, I'm going to play "Are You Smarter Than a Pro Chef?" where I'm gonna go head to head against a Delish test kitchen chef, 10 questions that are going to get increasingly difficult.

JUNE XIE: Oh my God, Julia.

ANDREW REA: Let's see who knows more than the other person.

JUNE XIE: What's up, Andrew? Nice to see you through the YouTubes.

ANDREW REA: Nice to meet you. Very-- sorry. Let's do that again.

JUNE XIE: No second takes. This is it. This is real TV. We're rolling.

ANDREW REA: June, nice to meet you. And are you ready to win?

JUNE XIE: I'm also ready to lose. I think that's a good rule of thumb to go by.

ANDREW REA: That's how I like to live my life. Like I'm ready to win, but I'm also very ready to lose. But today, I'm especially ready to lose. Let's do it. I have every color of the rainbow here. What color ought I be?

JUNE XIE: You can be all of them. I'm gonna go with purple. I don't know about you.

ANDREW REA: I'm going purple.

JUNE XIE: Did you pick purple too?

ANDREW REA: Oh, OK. All right. You picked it first. I'm sorry. I will go--

JUNE XIE: Out of all of these colors-- no. We're doing purple. No take backs. That's it. Head to head. Oh my God.

ANDREW REA: I know one at least. I'm getting at least one point. I can't see yours. Oh, there we go. Yeah. All right.

JUNE XIE: That was so easy.

ANDREW REA: Were we supposed to write out three?

JUNE XIE: Hit us harder. Oh my God. Oh no. Why?

ANDREW REA: This is according to the USDA, of course. And the USDA wants to keep you safe. But at what cost? Oh. I am wrong. I thought the USDA were real psychos about it. I didn't realize you could do 145. OK.

JUNE XIE: I believe 165 is chicken, my friend.

ANDREW REA: That is chicken.

JUNE XIE: I didn't get my Food Handler Certificate for nothing eight years ago.

ANDREW REA: Oh, she's certified? I'm not certified. This is rigged. Go ahead.


ANDREW REA: This is a guess, but I feel like it's a very educated guess.

Yeah. All right. We know what my favorite meat is that hurts the planet the most.

JUNE XIE: Guys, just eat beans. Produce the farts yourself. Don't let the cows do the dirty work for you.

ANDREW REA: Listen, I love beans just as much as beef, just like everybody else.

JUNE XIE: Whoa. Man, I studied French and I don't even know this.

ANDREW REA: Oh, God. I know this. I'm just gonna say pot-- potage. Oh, wild guess.

JUNE XIE: Dang. I got a four in AP French and I don't know how.

ANDREW REA: I took seven years of Spanish. And I still have the conversational ability of a very self-centered three-year-old.

JUNE XIE: Oh my God, Julia.

ANDREW REA: [BLEEP]. That's brutal. OK.

JUNE XIE: That is brutal.

ANDREW REA: Does it have to be exact? Oh, it's high. Dead heat. All right.

JUNE XIE: Maybe this is the moment we realize we're the same person.

ANDREW REA: I was worried this was gonna happen. I've seen "Fight Club."

JUNE XIE: Oh my gosh.

ANDREW REA: In 10 seconds? Are you mad? This is rigged.

JUNE XIE: I can't write that fast.

ANDREW REA: Yeah, me either.

JUNE XIE: Aw. No. I just finished writing it.

ANDREW REA: I got the-- I got the lyrics to the song.

JUNE XIE: I got four.

JUNE XIE: --"Scarborough Fair." Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme. Yeah.

JUNE XIE: Jesus.

ANDREW REA: Yeah, I know there's a lot of herbs.


ANDREW REA: You can't-- that is one and a quarter seconds to write a word.

JUNE XIE: I'm not a machine. OK?

BOTH: Rigged.

JUNE XIE: I've never heard this before.

ANDREW REA: Sprinkle. I said, sprinkle with parsley. I think she ge-- yeah. I think that's her's. I think that belongs to June. That-- nice. Nicely done.

JUNE XIE: You know, I worked in the restaurant industry for four and a half years and I've never heard that phrase, ever. So--

ANDREW REA: I worked in a restaurant one day and cut my thumb so bad, they fired me on the spot.

JUNE XIE: Damn. Usually they just tell you to suck it up and keep bleeding into the food.

ANDREW REA: Oh, they did. They did. I finished the lunch rush. Then, they fired me.

JUNE XIE: That's the restaurant industry I know and love.

ANDREW REA: All right. Come on, Andrew. Redemption round.

I said no cocoa solids. Yo. Nice. All right. Phew.

JUNE XIE: Three materials that are considered reactive--

ANDREW REA: We need more than 10 seconds. OK. Ah, she got it. And I did not. I said, non-stick, which I think, I said, in my mind is-- isn't non-stick reactive though?

JUNE XIE: I mean, what is nonstick though? Because nonstick is just the bonding that you put on top of your metal. Right?

ANDREW REA: Yeah. But you can't get like non-stick copper or you can't get like non-stick-- I thought like hard anodized pans were reactive. Hang on.

JUNE XIE: Listen, Andrew. Look, I've been cooking on my IKEA pots that I bought for $14 about eight years ago when I was even more broke. And you know, that tells you how much I know about pots.

ANDREW REA: Non-stick is nonreactive. I cede. Oh God.

JUNE XIE: Uh oh. No, no, no. I-- this, I do not know.

ANDREW REA: I don't know either. So I'm making a joke.

JUNE XIE: I just know that it's a random bunch of letters. I mean, comment down below if you know what EFR stands for, because I sure as hell don't. I just wrote it. In the grand scheme of things, if I'm not the same person as you, I still lost.

ANDREW REA: What a kind and very mean thing to say about yourself. I appreciate it. But I--

JUNE XIE: I just want the universe to become one. Like I need the singularity to happen right now.

ANDREW REA: I didn't realize that this was gonna get really deep here on Delish. But I agree. I think that we should merge into the singularity. I think 2021 is the year that we do it. This has been Delish original programming.

JUNE XIE: Andrew, thank you so much for taking time out of your fantastic life and busy schedule to join me in answering these silly questions. I hope you all learned something. And I hope you all learned that Andrew is fantastic, more than you thought he was. Maybe next time, we'll do a rematch and we'll figure out that we're actually the same person. Because you know, singularity.

ANDREW REA: Thank you so much, Delish, for having me. Thank you for throwing me a bunch of softballs so I didn't look like a complete dingus. If you want more Binging with Babish, go check out my channel, Binging with Babish, where I recreate foods from movies and television. And my Babish Cookware line is available now on Amazon. Go check it out. And thank you, June, for being awesome and for promoting the singularity, which is something that people are just learning that I'm a believer in.

JUNE XIE: 2021, we're gonna make it happen, guys.