She Can Cook Too. Talking with Paris Hilton about her Netflix Cooking Show

by Steve Duffy

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday August 22, 2021
Originally published on August 9, 2021

Paris Hilton in a promotional photo for 'Cooking with Paris"
Paris Hilton in a promotional photo for 'Cooking with Paris"  (Source:Netflix)

You expect to find Paris Hilton on a red carpet, or the Met Ball, or sitting in the front row at a Paris runway show; but in the kitchen?

Last year, though, the media personality and influencer went to her YouTube channel and posted a video of herself making lasagna. In the 15-minute video, called "Cooking with Paris," she wrote, "Today I am going to teach everyone how to make my famous Lasagna!"

Or, as she called it, her Sliving Lasagna. "'Sliving,' it should be noted, is Hilton's new catchphrase; it's a portmanteau of 'slaying' and 'living.' (Though Hilton appears fixated on getting "sliving" to be a thing, it hasn't caught on yet.)," writes Salon.

Dressed in a shimmering, rainbow shirt, Hilton "offered up a few tips so offbeat that they almost registered as camp," adds Salon. "After adding too much salt to a bowl, Hilton demonstrated her 'towel trick,' which involved wiping out the excess with a dampened paper towel. Despite the fact that Hilton forgot to add garlic and onion to her sauce, she demonstrated how she had actually brought a pair of glittery sunglasses into the kitchen to don while cutting onions so her mascara wouldn't run."




"Lasagna is very hard to make," she said in the video. "Well, actually, I don't think it is, but people think it is. But it's actually really fun and really easy. But, I guess it is a lot of steps compared to, like, making toast or something."

Hilton has taken the video's title — "Cooking with Paris" —to Amazon and developed it as a new cooking show that recently premiered. "'Cooking With Paris' follows Hilton's misadventures in the kitchen alongside famous friends (and family) like Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato, and America's sweetheart Kathy Hilton. Paris admits that she's not a trained chef, but with fingerless "sliving gloves" on and bedazzled cookware at the ready, she is prepared to learn," writes The Cut.

And with the show, she plans on turning the traditional cooking show upside down. Not being a trained chef, she hopes to navigate new recipes with the help of celebrity friends and exotic (to her) kitchen appliances. "Paris will take us from the grocery store to the finished table spread - and she might actually learn her way around the kitchen," promises a press release.

EDGE spoke to Hilton about the show.

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian  (Source: Netflix)

EDGE: Where did you get your love of cooking?

Paris Hilton: My earliest memories as a little girl were sitting in the kitchen with my mom during the holidays and cooking with her. I've always loved food and as a naturally creative person, I found my love for cooking.

EDGE: Had you been a fan of cooking shows previously?

Paris Hilton: No, I've never watched a cooking show except the one that I was on with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart ("Potluck Dinner Party"), and I had so much fun doing that with them.

EDGE: What was the genesis of "Cooking With Paris?"

Paris Hilton: It started with the lasagna video that I posted on YouTube during quarantine that went viral. It was just a fun video that I filmed at home during quarantine where I didn't take anything too seriously, and I had no idea that it would take off like that. I started getting calls about putting together the show and the rest is history!

(Source: Netflix)

EDGE: Do you feel like your cooking skills actually improved over the course of the series?

Paris Hilton: Definitely. I learned to cook so many things that I've never cooked before. It was a lot of fun to learn new skills, try new recipes and to bond with my friends.

EDGE: What would you say your most successful dish was?

Paris Hilton: Our choices were all so delicious. I think one of my favorites was the frittata I made. I've made it for my fiancé a few times since then. It's the perfect meal to cook for brunch on the weekends when we are at home.

EDGE: And how did you choose the menu items?

Paris Hilton: I really wanted each food item to be something I enjoy and that would represent each guest in some way.

Paris Hilton on Netflix's "Cooking with Paris"  

EDGE: One of the funniest parts of the show is how elegantly you dress to go to the grocery store. Do you normally shop in formal wear?

Paris Hilton: No, I don't. But while creating a show for Netflix, I wanted to look my best and have fun with it!

EDGE: You are also dressed to the nines for the actual cooking segments and I would imagine some of those clothes got ruined.

Paris Hilton: Yes, a lot of them got ruined, but it will definitely be the best dressed cooking show, so it was worth it.

EDGE: What do you hope people take away from watching "Cooking With Paris?"

Paris Hilton: With everything that's happened in the world in the past year and a half, people want to be able to laugh and smile and watch something that makes them feel good and also learn. I think a lot of people have been cooking at home during this time and love making new things. It's such a fun experience to invite someone over and cook and bond with them. I hope that the show also inspires others to invite their friends over to cook and enjoy their company.

"Cooking With Paris" was released August 4th on Netflix. For more information on Paris visit, https://parishilton.com/