Cooking with Paris season 1 review – a star-led but forgettable experience

August 5, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
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Summary

Reality fans will consume it, while observers will be scratching their heads, wondering what the point of the series is.

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Summary

Reality fans will consume it, while observers will be scratching their heads, wondering what the point of the series is.

Netflix reality series Cooking with Paris season 1 was released on the streaming service on August 4, 2021.

I mean, the appeal is obvious. Paris Hilton cashing in on the Netflix golden hive for her own cooking reality show is simplicity in itself. Reality fans will consume it, while observers will be scratching their heads, wondering what the point of the series is.

Emptiness can be felt from the first episode as Paris makes her own glittery marshmallow goop while wearing her satin gloves (that she never takes off). The next day, her childhood friend Kim Kardashian joins to make a special breakfast, who pointedly asks if Paris will wear her satin gloves while cooking (she will, she always does). The pair awkwardly make breakfast, while Kim gives viewers an update on how her kids love it when she makes pizza dough. You have to love the wealthy pretending that they don’t have house staff doing most of the graft.

I suppose the saving grace for this reality series is that Paris Hilton slides in her humor at every opportunity bringing memories of her past reality shows. While she can certainly cook, there’s an air of irony that this isn’t a cooking show — it’s a chance for Paris to enjoy her time with her famous friends. No one cares about the meals; they care about two high-profile people attempting to cook together, and at times, awkwardly.

It feels like a missed opportunity. If audiences were to conclude why this show was created, they’d be left feeling empty. If anything, Cooking with Paris demonstrates the pull Netflix has on the elite, and being able to get anyone to work with them (Christopher Nolan is probably still a long shot)

But luckily, Cooking with Paris has enough star power not to be ignored, and at a bite-sized 25-minutes each, it’s barely an investment even if the experience is forgettable. There’s certainly more the series could have done, and relying on Hilton by coupling her up with celebrity friends is not enough. Cooking with Paris needs more personality, which is ironic considering the names attached to each chapter.

What did you think of Netflix’s Cooking with Paris season 1? Comment below. 

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