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The masked music producer is turning up the heat instead of the beat.

Abbey White
February 05, 2018

You probably don’t know his face (that’s on purpose), but if you don’t know his name, you might know his music. Marshmello is the electronic dance music producer and DJ defined by his “sweet” headgear. He’s collaborated on club and radio hits like “Silence,” which features the raspy and soulful singer-songwriter Khalid, as well as “Wolves,” the haunting, multi-genre track guided by Selena Gomez’s poppy vocals. In late 2017, he also released the colorful and food-heavy “Take It Back” video, which sees the aftermath of the DJ bringing his girlfriend home for a family dinner. (You can probably imagine why, as a man with a marshmallow for a head, that would be odd, but if not, you should watch it.)

Regardless of how well you know him or his music, considering his stage name, it feels fitting that Marshmello got into the cooking game. The elusive DJ has remained behind his food-inspired mask for several years, and that hasn’t changed in his 14-episode (and counting) run of his cooking web series which debuted last October. What has changed is that instead of creating beats, the DJ is creating dishes, teaching you how to whip up everything from chocolate mice (an apparent reference to his fellow masked DJ DeadMau5) to Mongolian beef. Each segment lasts no more than three minutes and is a brief, narrated (though not by Marshmello) journey through preparing and presenting some of the producer’s favorite foods.

Because he doesn’t speak, he’s quite expressive with his body language in the kitchen. Another way he compensates for lack of verbalization is by blending music, pop culture, with the cooking in his videos. It adds a little extra flavor to what’s happening and helps hold your attention. You can watch him make it rain spices and chopped vegetables as he adds them to a dish, nap on the counter as he waits for food to finish slow cooking, or otherwise prepare a meal to be various recognizable (comedic) sound bites. Because he’s not known for his culinary artistry, you’d expect him to stick to some easier dishes. While many of his recipes—which cover meals, snacks and desserts—don’t require the use of heat, he does venture into some “meatier” and more involved plates. That includes slow-cooked Fajitas de Carne, Indonesian fried rice, and Brazilian Pao de Queijo.

If you’re wondering whether Marshmello makes any actual marshmallows, you’re in luck. He released two video cooking tutorials, one for making a spider marshmallow and one for making a dreidel marshmallows. Each new video is released somewhat sporadically on his YouTube channel, so you’ll have to check in occasionally or subscribe to his channel to see when new ones are published. It’s a little more Salt Bae than Ina Garten, but either way, you’ll feel like you’re treating yourself as you watch this light, fun, and musically-infused approach to making food.