Netflix’s Cooking With Paris is a cooking show like no other

How you receive Cooking With Paris, Paris Hilton’s first Netflix series, is contingent on whether you view it as a nifty PR exercise or a delicious morsel of escapism. It is almost certainly both, but we’re choosing to lean into the latter because regardless of intent, it’s a delight.

Across six bite-sized episodes, the TV personality invites a selection of famous faces into her kitchen, stocked with “That’s Hot™” oven gloves, and utensils and appliances that she’s apparently never used.

“Tong,” she says, feeling the word in her mouth. “I didn’t know it was called that. I just called it, like, the picking upping thing.”


Alongside Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato and the rest of her culinary companions, some of whom are more capable than others, they whip up an array of dishes, some of which are more edible than others. But their blunders and lack of gastronomic expertise are irrelevant.

Cooking With Paris has zero interest in competing with the roster of cookery shows already on our screens. It’s not designed to be useful, although the ingredients and recipes are made available should you wish to try your hand at pink ravioli. Watching Lovato hack away at a chunk of mozzarella doesn’t induce the familiar food envy that we experience when watching Nigella Lawson or Lorraine Pascale dish up their mouth-watering grub. It doesn’t seek to delve deeper into food culture or broaden our horizons. Cooking With Paris is pure frivolity, happily bobbing along in its own lane, and it’s all the more enjoyable for it.

The series celebrates the inherent joy and fun of food, and not just in the act of cooking and eating, but through the themed decor and Hilton’s garms. Why wouldn’t you flounce around the supermarket in a hot pink, floor-length couture gown? Aprons have no place in Hilton’s kitchen, which is bigger than most people’s studio apartments. Only high-end designer clobber is allowed, even if she accidentally dunks the fringing on an expensive-looking leather jacket in her funfetti flan mixture, the secret ingredient for which is candy floss, duh. Hilton’s commitment to her brand is unrivalled.

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But it does share some DNA with the very best cooking shows. Like the work of the aforementioned, Hilton’s series is incredibly therapeutic and calming. It’s a safe, non-threatening space that you can curl up inside when you want to watch something that is fluffy and harmless and nice, which can sometimes be code for bland, but it’s absolutely meant as a compliment here.

At 40 years old (although you really wouldn’t know it), Hilton’s wide-eyed adolescence is far behind her, but there is something so exquisitely innocent and endearing about watching her flick through her bejewelled recipe book, the contents of which are written in coloured felt-tip pen, interspersed with doodles. When she takes a bite of her pasta, she does a little dance in her chair that is both reminiscent of a child, and perfectly encapsulates the magic of food.

And even when she doesn’t pull off a recipe, she is always “killing it” because she understands the importance of being your own hype woman.

Now, ain’t that a rule to live by.

Cooking With Paris is available to stream on Netflix from Wednesday, August 4.

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