4 Levels of Mashed Potatoes: Amateur to Food Scientist | Epicurious

  • We challenged chefs of three different skill levels - an amateur, a home cook, and a professional - to make their version of mashed potatoes, just in time for Thanksgiving. Once no 'tater had been left unsmashed, we asked a food scientist to review their work. Whose mashed potatoes were worthy of seconds?

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Comments • 80

  • lauren m
    lauren m 20 minutes ago

    can’t say i’ve ever wished to eat grass flavoured mash but here we are

  • CoreLegacy Gaming
    CoreLegacy Gaming 2 hours ago

    Well making butter at home is a routine
    of Indians

  • Rainier S
    Rainier S 7 hours ago

    So tell me what "luxurious" flavor mean.

  • PandiiMan
    PandiiMan 12 hours ago

    Have you ever heard of Daddy's Boy the Musical?

  • Sauron
    Sauron 12 hours ago

    No more of the other level 2 chef’s just Lorenzo from now on

  • Hentjim
    Hentjim 13 hours ago

    everybody gangsta until you get a Gordon Ramsay Masterclass ad that says fokin delicious

  • BMan2Cool4U
    BMan2Cool4U 15 hours ago

    I'm sorry but I don't really want my potatoes to taste like grass...

  • Alex Rechez
    Alex Rechez 18 hours ago

    clearly the guy with the British accent will know his mashed potatoes

  • Patrick Smith
    Patrick Smith 18 hours ago

    I'm not sold on any of the three. While we all have our own personal preferences in how we make our mashed potatoes, I'm still a big fan of chunky mashed potatoes with the peels. I even use the peels off the ones from whom wanted their's without. And with garlic from my press (not a few cloves lazily crunched under the side of my knife blade). Whatever other ingredients I use depends on what's on hand....if using oils and not butter, usually some rosemary or thyme. No huge sticks of butter either. And (get ready for this), soy-based sour creams/milks/yogurts. Oh, the humanity! I know, I know. March me out back now with no blindfold. And no, not a "vegan" either. It's because of my adoration of a perfecty prepared steak that I keep my mashed potatoes less rich of all the heavier fats, as I don't think that gpes well with a good steak as much as one prepared with olive and the much thinner aforementioned ingredients that I find to be a better balance in the herbs/seasing to fat ratio.

  • monica guevara
    monica guevara 19 hours ago

    It’s cute how hard the professional chef is really trying to speak proper and being so proper

  • Vicki So
    Vicki So 20 hours ago

    Doesn't decadent mean decayed?

  • the big man
    the big man 20 hours ago +1

    Humko laga chokha bana raha hai... Yeh toh khichdi se jada hai

  • Hendra Prasetya
    Hendra Prasetya 21 hour ago

    That woman level 0 chef ....

  • Arielle Sloane
    Arielle Sloane 22 hours ago

    I worry about Emily

  • Juliette Barlow
    Juliette Barlow Day ago

    The level 2 guy is way to dramatic when he tries his potatoes 😂😂

  • Samantha Molina
    Samantha Molina Day ago

    where is frank lol

  • Edgemade Foxe
    Edgemade Foxe Day ago

    The level 3 chef didn't make mashed potato he did a purée

  • Ronnie Ferdinandsen

    Gotta be able to eat that gravy with a fork!

  • stephanie
    stephanie Day ago

    “season my chicken” *sprinkles salt*

  • eat the rich
    eat the rich Day ago

    we are too cheap/poor to buy an actual potato masher so instead we gotta use a metal slotted spoon and heres this guy smoking with hay, making his own butter, and putting everything in a piping bag 😂😂😂

  • üẞ3r πÅ#ë
    üẞ3r πÅ#ë Day ago +2

    I respect the technicality of the level 3 chef to try to make the silkiest mashed potatoes, but personally, I kind of like a bit of texture in mine.

  • Julissa Ram
    Julissa Ram Day ago

    why does the last chef look like he has to pee?

  • D K
    D K Day ago +1

    You’d think they grow their own potato.

  • T L
    T L Day ago


  • The Box Ghost
    The Box Ghost Day ago

    I think I’d buy Lorenzo a tub of butter for every Christmas.

  • tamara
    tamara Day ago

    This isn't home mashed potatoes damn i need those in 1h

  • Felox
    Felox Day ago

    Those mashed potatoes took three days....THREE DAYS!

  • Marius S.
    Marius S. Day ago

    Lol that dude made his own butter.

  • bunglesfinger
    bunglesfinger Day ago

    Chefs cook like they know they're not going to have to wash the thousands of items they've used.

  • frotoproxy
    frotoproxy Day ago

    does that asian guy think he is funny?

  • Gagat Putra
    Gagat Putra Day ago

    So level 1 chef didn't peel the potato skin ?

  • David Sun
    David Sun Day ago

    5:55 even his hand motion while grinding pepper looks professional

  • mysticalgoof
    mysticalgoof Day ago

    Am I the only one binge watching the channel because of Lorenzo? Come on we need the Lorenzo Butter Clan

  • Shay Patrick Cormac
    Shay Patrick Cormac 2 days ago

    Who puts truffles in mashed potatoes?

  • Juan Ignacio Herold
    Juan Ignacio Herold 2 days ago

    Pro chef looks like he id gotta pee

  • Gracie gulash
    Gracie gulash 2 days ago +1

    Sorry meant to say ( So if you are NOT agreeing with have I have to say)
    Sorry, Sorry, Sorry...
    Thanks for reading!!

  • Gracie gulash
    Gracie gulash 2 days ago +1

    they don't wait for 36 hours for the buttercream( I think that is what it is...) They make it two days before this is filmed. Also, how are you going to wait that time limit, you are gonna have to put the mash potatoes in a fridge or freezer. So that might ruin the potatoes...

    ( This is what I think happens when the food or something to make the food, sits in a freezer or a fridge.)<

    So if you are agreeing with what I have to say... It`s my personal thinking.

    Thank you, for reading this, and liking or something else!!

  • Scripture ML
    Scripture ML 2 days ago

    Level 2&3: Tells something to help you cook potato in the best way
    level 1: Does the exact oppostive of what they said

  • Scripture ML
    Scripture ML 2 days ago

    Level 2&3: Tells something to help you cook potato in the best way
    level 1: Does the exact oppostive of what they said

  • Samantha Berry
    Samantha Berry 2 days ago

    Level 1 & 2: *uses store-bought butter*
    Level 3: awwhh heck no, i'm making my own!

  • ilymtybltt ili
    ilymtybltt ili 2 days ago

    Lorenzo and Bacon. Twas a better love story than Twilight

  • João Rodrigues
    João Rodrigues 2 days ago

    Portugal caralho!

  • Trina Trillana
    Trina Trillana 2 days ago +1

    Sees Barry's hay smoked mashed potatoes and truffle gravy.
    Me: here's my instant mashed potato in a packet, with gravy in a sachet.

  • Amritha Alaguraj
    Amritha Alaguraj 2 days ago

    Is the third level chef Milo from "you"

  • __NikkiChu__
    __NikkiChu__ 2 days ago

    I wish people actually taste it ..to really see who made the most delicious dish not just a wide knowledge of ingredients from who knows where and fancy culinary wordings..tbh I think I like the level 2 chef better

  • John D'costa
    John D'costa 2 days ago +1

    They should add the cost of each level in time and money!.

  • kapofngk
    kapofngk 3 days ago

    Rather than calling them level 1,2,3 chef,It should be a home cook, a home chef, and a professional chef.No offense to Emily.Most of us eat and appreciate home cook most of the time.

  • Bui Bao Ha
    Bui Bao Ha 3 days ago

    9:36 is it just me or does Lorenzo sound like Po from Kungfu Panda?

  • Sarah Floyd
    Sarah Floyd 3 days ago

    6:55 "And now I'm gonna heat my pan and make sure it's super hot." *places hand on super hot pan*
    I flinched when he put his hand on the pan.

  • Anna Ast
    Anna Ast 3 days ago

    We want videos with Lorenzo !!!

  • Heather Badin
    Heather Badin 3 days ago

    They should be able to try each others!!

  • MaJIouDoGG
    MaJIouDoGG 3 days ago

    Пиздец.... на постсоветском пространстве любой алкаш пюрешку лучше делает , такая хуета вышла нечищеная с подливой из пачки.... шеф 1ого уровня)) Да я с мужиками под водку пизже готовим гарнир)))

  • Kate Fassbinder
    Kate Fassbinder 3 days ago

    "sheelots" if thats what the professional calls it then I'm using that so I sound professional

  • transition lenses
    transition lenses 3 days ago

    6:22 Oh,HELLLLLLLLLLLL no!!!!!

  • AllThat SheIz
    AllThat SheIz 3 days ago

    "This is gravy packet" 🤣🤣🤣🤣 'gravy packet' is not an ingredient

  • whales
    whales 3 days ago

    emily is the true level one chef

  • alieu kamara
    alieu kamara 3 days ago

    I don't know making mashed potatoes was this complicated!

  • No Chaeyoung, No Me
    No Chaeyoung, No Me 4 days ago +1

    Maybe Frank wasn't here is because he's planting the potatoes he will use

  • No Chaeyoung, No Me
    No Chaeyoung, No Me 4 days ago +2

    We almost had the trio
    1. Emily
    2. Lorenzo
    3. *Frank*

  • Mocha The Artist
    Mocha The Artist 4 days ago +5

    This should be $10, $50, and $500 mashed potatoes. Though their knowledge is different, they definitely had CLEAR differences in what they used. If they were all given identical supplies it would be more interesting.

  • Ashlee Tyler
    Ashlee Tyler 4 days ago +1

    I BOIL my potatoes too
    .there's NOTHING WRONG with it

  • Katelyn Cecelia
    Katelyn Cecelia 4 days ago

    My family eats a lot of potatoes cause they’re cheap and good for a side

  • Anonymous player 2626

    Emily’s mashed potatoes are the most sensible. Lorenzo’s is what you would get at a high end restaurant. The actual chef’s recipie is what you would make for a cooking show.

  • Lync Price
    Lync Price 4 days ago

    None of these people know how to make proper mashed potatoes.

  • Avery Bell
    Avery Bell 4 days ago

    Death by beef fat..

  • Alex T
    Alex T 4 days ago

    Emily wins! Next...

  • Katrina Dumlao
    Katrina Dumlao 4 days ago

    in all seriousness if combining smoked mashed potato to even stronger flavour like truffles it will overpower the smoke in the end making it the whole process useless, 36 hours butter lol . sure it'll make subtle notes but come on! how pretentious is this?

  • Flutter G
    Flutter G 4 days ago

    I mean, even though chef 3 is being extra as all hell. I'm not going to lie, I really want to try it

  • fuma seven
    fuma seven 4 days ago

    Why do I feel like truffles are a cheat to make people believe that the dish is instatninously good?

  • Kat Horton
    Kat Horton 4 days ago

    I love the way this video is edited to show the similarities between levels of experience and where they overlap or lack.

  • Etronic —
    Etronic — 4 days ago

    The professional is the cockiest guy I have ever seen

  • fernando rios
    fernando rios 4 days ago

    what's up with the pro shaking soo much lol

  • olivia olivkaabz
    olivia olivkaabz 4 days ago +1

    Barry: and by moving my hips right and left this will make the potatoes more flavorful 😂😂

  • Nia Rack
    Nia Rack 4 days ago

    Hay has a flavor profile??!

  • Hana A
    Hana A 4 days ago

    8:06 our boy forgot to cut his garlic 😂

  • David P
    David P 4 days ago

    Barry looks like he REALLY had to go pee.

  • Amelie Szczesniak
    Amelie Szczesniak 4 days ago

    nobody noticed that the title says 4

  • WesternWeaboo
    WesternWeaboo 4 days ago

    Hay is for horses!

  • Lorelei Sullivan
    Lorelei Sullivan 4 days ago +1

    You guys, I think Lorenzo is depressed. He barely laughed the entire video.

  • Count
    Count 4 days ago

    Boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew!
    Also, me cooking mash: Cut them up a bit. Stick them in water to boil. Have a beer for a bit. Drain. Salt, butter, smush with a fork. Done.