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For ThatDudeCanCook’s Sonny Hurrell, absurd humor is the secret ingredient to his popular YouTube videos

'I have no idea how I came up with the sentient pepper grinder.'


Robert Dean

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 30, 2022   Updated on Jul 26, 2023, 6:04 pm CDT


This story was originally published on Passionfruit.

There are unknown mysteries like “who built the pyramids” or “are we alone in the universe?” Age-old questions keep humanity looking into the cosmos, daring us to think bigger than ourselves, but one thing that anyone who’s been watching Sonny Hurrell, aka That Dude Can Cook, wants to know is—what did that fridge ever do to you? 

Hurrell has become one of the rising stars in the food creator community. His videos across platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram have netted him followers in the millions, despite creating content in a crowded playing field of talented chefs. Making a proper grilled chicken thigh sandwich is one thing but driving the personality to keep people clicking the subscribe button is a different beast. Hurrell does both; with his warm, charming demeanor, he’s found an audience that likes that he can teach them how to make a particular dish but also does something different than his peers—he’s entertaining as hell. 

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2022, 6:00 am CDT