THEN AGAIN, calling the Food Surgeon famous may be misleading. Though he does have over 86,000 YouTube subscribers as I write this, the master of morsel medicine has thus far been careful to protect his true identity, allowing only (in an interview with NPR) that his name is Jeff and he’s a Seattle engineer in his late 20s.
That’s right, the man who pioneered the Reese’s Peanut-Butter-Ectomy with Oreo Cream Transplant, the Fruit Roll-Up-Plasty with Gusher Juice Transfusion, and the Avocado In Vitro Fertilization has thus far purposely, doggedly, kept himself out of the spotlight.
All but his gifted, albeit gloved hands, that is. Such is the modesty that comes with true greatness.
Yes, I said greatness. For although playing with food has long been the domain of children—making carrot horns, cookie eyes and such—the Food Surgeon has elevated the concept to heretofore unknown heights. To wit, where you or I might simply see two candy bars lying side by side, Jeff the Food Surgeon sees a delicious, chimeraesque hybrid that would make Doctor Moreau proud. And he’s got the unorthodox surgical skill to pull it off.
But there is one burning question.
As the Food Surgeon shared during his interview with NPR, at least part of the reason he became the Food Surgeon is that “These videos create a hypnotic state in people.” And they do. They really do. Even without narration or a dramatic score to manipulate your emotions, these videos have the uncanny power to virtually force a viewer to keep watching, if, for nothing else, just to see how it all turns out.
So one must wonder: Is the Food Surgeon diabolical? I mean, isn’t creating snack foods that were never meant to exist a little like playing God?
Or just start right here: