The Brothers Green bring zany to budget cooking


  • Food News
  • Sunday, 31 May 2015

Crazy cooks: Josh (left) and Mike Greenfield are the latest kitchen heroes for hungry folks with little money and even less time to prepare proper meals.

If you think that steam irons can only be used on wrinkled clothes, you have obviously never heard of the Brothers Green. Hand them an iron and watch in awe as they make perfectly toasted quesadillas in front of you. Yes, Josh and Mike Greenfield cook using steam irons.

It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what they did, cooking backstage at the MTV European Music Awards earlier this year. They served haggis quesadillas to celebrities Ed Sheeran and David Hasselhoff who looked in disbelief as Mike placed a hot iron on top of a tin-foil wrapped quesadilla. But after a few bites, the stars’ initial reservations flew out the window.

“This is my happy dance,” said a jovial Sheeran, as he took another bite of the quesadilla. The entire exchange was caught on camera for the brothers’ latest endeavour, the Brothers Green: Eats! television series.

New York City’s Josh and Mike Greenfield are the latest kitchen heroes for hungry folks with little money and even less time to prepare proper meals. As a struggling musician, Josh learned the hard way about putting a cheap meal together.

“I was in a band for a long time and didn’t have a lot of money, so I started cooking really creatively on a budget.”

Their motto is to “create something out of nothing” and in their case, nothing is often leftovers found in their refrigerator. They show how leftover pizzas can be used as a base to make lasagna, sandwiches, meatballs, hotdogs and basically anything else that the hungry tummy desires.

The idea seems improbable on paper, but watching the brothers create one dish after another just made me want to buy a large pizza and wait overnight so that I can try the recipes the next day.

Their passion to make food started young. In an e-mail interview with Star2, Mike reveals his mother’s Achilles heel. “Growing up, our mum wasn’t the best cook and that was what really inspired us. Her lack of interest in cooking made us want to learn how to cook.”

So the boys watched a lot of cooking shows on television and learned to fill their own tummies as well as those of others. Life has definitely come full circle for the boys as they now have their own cooking show and try to impart the same skills they yearned to learn as youngsters.

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“We’ve put a lot of time, hard work and creativity into developing the show, but a lot of it just kind of happened. It was very organic and natural.

“It began when we were cooking and filming on YouTube. People really responded to the variety of things we were doing and the different recipes we were cooking – it really resonated with our viewers and now we’re here,” says Josh.

They have over 116,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel (Brothers Green Eats) and showcase the same energy and enthusiasm on their latest television venture.

Josh is definitely the wild one, the mastermind behind their crazy creations. In one of the episodes, he adds gumballs in a recipe for barbecue sauce just for the heck of it. They claim that it tastes amazing. Compared to his older brother, Mike seems like a conventional cook.

Ready to graduate with a degree in Architecture, Mike discovered his passion for cooking during a trip to Australia. Upon returning, he decided to spend his last year in college learning how to cook. Mike eventually joined his brother’s small catering business, a friend decided to document their kitchen shenanigans and post them on YouTube. The rest, as they say, is history.

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