By Diane Anderson-Minshall
Originally published on Advocate.com August 07 2012 4:00 AM ET
We love drag queens and we love queer chefs, so combining them sounds like a great proposition.
Apparently Top Chef's Arnold Myint (who owns three eateries in Nashville) is a sometime drag performer who used to be a competitive ice skater. But we couldn't find a video of him cooking in drag. And Juanita More is a well known San Francisco drag queen foodie blogger who cooked up a pop-up dinner for eight, but apparently there were no cameras around.
Still, we managed to find plenty of others. So here, without context, are 17 fun drag queen cooking shows on video. Which are your favorites?
Cooking With Drag Queens: How to Make Pumpkin Pie Flan, with guest Pandora Boxx
Somehow they combine two of our favorite desserts, and Pandora Boxx from RuPaul's Drag Race joins in the holiday meal planning.
Bonus recipe: How to Make Tostones
Have fun as three drag queens teach you how to make coquito, a delicious Puerto Rican Christmas beverage that's like a coconut-based Puerto Rican egg nog. Yum.
The Vegan Drag Queen: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread by Honey LaBronx
One of the more prolific drag chefs out there, the Vegan Drag Queen — Honey LaBronx — shares her favorite recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and then shows you how to also use this recipe for making cupcakes and vegan cream cheese frosting. Want something more traditional? There's a bevy of Vegan Drag Chef vids on YouTube.
The Drag Queen of Healthy Cooking: Soraya Sobreidad Papi Lickin' Spicy Chicken Wings
Another cooking show mainstay, Soraya Sobreidad reinvents her family's favorite Latino dishes into healthier fare. In this episode, she offers up a recipe that she shared with her fabulous producer, Junito Perez to help him kick his Kentucky Fried Chicken habit.
Bonus recipe: Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Turkey Sausage and Corn
Soraya Sobreidad dedicated this dish to her "lovely, beautiful and wonderful cousin, Iris Leamon," who had just passed away. And the food looks damn good.
Paula LEAN Episode #3: Yo Gurl! Chicken and Peachy 'Queen' Cobbler
Drag queen Paula Leen takes the Southern favorites of Smothered Chicken and Peach Cobbler from "Deen" to "lean" (reinventing the artery clogging dishes of chef Paula Deen). Leen promises "Half the sugar you want but all the sweetness you need."
The Maxwell Moment: The Perfect Cucumber Sandwich
Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Brini Maxwell has aimed to make kitsch feel classy ever since self-titled cable access television show first hit Manhatten TVs. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network and now she's an institution (if you haven't seen her Style Network series, check it out). In this video she offers up how exactly to make the perfect cucumber sandwich, those little British morsels that are a delightful addition to tea, wonderful canapés at a party, and just down right tasty for a lunch time treat.
Kasha Cooks: Kasha's Balls of Love
Kasha Davis, Rochester star drag queen housewife, made her cooking show debut with Kasha's Balls of Love (directed & produced by Michael Steck).
Tamara's Kitchen: Tamara's No-Bake Carrot Cake
Tamara Tonite is a drag queen in Brisbane, Australia with her own TV show.
Cooking Is Not a Drag: The Lobster Martini
The drag fabulous cooking sensation Alora Valentine offers up her Lobster Martini along with her sidekick, George Cox.
Outdishes: Farrah Fawcett Fiesta Time
Dinah Diva shows you her favorite bean dip recipe inspired by her favorite Charlie's Angels actress, Farrah Fawcett.
Cooking With Bootz: Bootleg Chicken
In this debut episode, Bootz offers up bootleg chicken and some interesting facts about nutmeg.
Today's Drag Queen: Jaclyn St. James' Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken with Fruit Salsa
An all-around show host (decorating tips? she's got 'em), James shows viewers how to make grilled chicken with fruit salsa.
Wynnie Cooks: Wynnie Le Freak's Tuna Strudel
She takes you into her humble abode to make an inventive layered pastry dish. With tuna.
Something Queer in the Kitchen: Fettucini Alfredo
One drag queen, one queer guy cook up some fierce looking alfredo. I wonder if this is how Olive Garden started?
Kiki Kitchen: Low-Carb Flaxseed Pizza with guest Gusty Winds
In the first episode, New York City drag queen Gusty Winds stops by and samples some delicious low-carb "crustless" pizza that's only 5g of carbs per slice.
Bonus Recipe: "Chick-fil-GAY" A Low-Carb Chick-fil-A Without the Hate
12g of carbs. 0g of homophobia. Guest Marti Gould Cummings stops by and asks for fried chicken — hold the hate — and gets this low-carb parmesan crusted alternative to Chik-fil-A's fried intolerance. Find more recipes and videos at KikiKitchen.com.
The DragQueen Cooking Show: With Nicki Nicole
Yeah, she's cute, but you may not want to follow this recipe.