Bon Appétit Test Kitchen RPF
|Name(s):||Bon Appétit Test Kitchen RPF|
|Scope/Focus:||It's Alive with Brad, Gourmet Makes, Bon Appétit’s Baking School, It's Alive: Going Places, Making Perfect, Back-to-Back Chef, Reverse Engineering|
|See also:||Chef RPF|
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Bon Appétit Test Kitchen RPF focuses on the chefs and staff featured in the test kitchen videos on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel. This includes people such as Claire Saffitz, Brad Leone, Carla Lalli Music, Chris Morroco, and more.
It has led to the creation of a number of fanworks. A significant portion of the fanfic created in this contemporary RPF fandom is locked to archive users, presumably in an attempt to preserve The Fourth Wall.
The series has also become a setting for AUs in other fandoms.
Interest in the fandom was highest around 2019/2020, driven in large part by the popularity of relatably long-suffering Claire Saffitz's video series, "Gourmet Makes."
Over the summer of 2020, however, a series of exposés about the culture of structural racism at Condé Nast, Bon Appétit's parent company, came out in the news media, putting a damper on many fans' enthusiasm.
Following these revelations, a number of cast members left the company to pursue solo opportunities or join other companies, and the camaraderie of the ensemble cast, which had attracted many fans in the first place, was lost.
It is perhaps worth noting that the structural issues at work in the real-life Test Kitchen were reproduced in the fandom, as most fanfic revolves around three white cast members.
As of October 2021, on AO3, 190 works used the fandom's tag.
- Brad Leone/Claire Saffitz, Brad Leone & Claire Saffitz
- Alex Delany/Claire Saffitz
- an ocean away from home by thebaddestwolf (2019)
- something gave you the nerve to touch my hand by professortennant (2019)
- the slippery slope of soda bread by ecorone (2020)
Test Kitchen AUs
- A Taste So Sweet by mi3likki (2020), a BTS fic written for the prompt: Yoongi works in the Bon Appetit test kitchen. Up and coming rapper Namjoon comes in to film a "Tries to Keep Up with a Professional Chef" video
- #PPWDFCFTBATK by orphan_account (2020), a MCU story in which Peter Parker is a BA fan.
- pride and pruno juice by SaintHeretical (2020), a Star Wars Reylo story.
- BA test kitchen crew by Lillian Lai, 2019
- ensemble digital drawing by kenesu, Jan 22, 2020
- Carla and Chris fanart by kalidels, 2020
- (Podfic of) Gourmet Makes: Saka’s Kettle by exmanhater (2020)
- (Podfic of) Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Elvish Lembas by carboncopies, girlwithabubblegun, LittleRedRobinHood, luvtheheaven, reena_jenkins, Schmaylor (2020)
- Bon Appétit Test Kitchen (Web series) AO3 tag
- Pod Appétit, a Bon Appétit fancast
- Meme Appetit on Instagram, an account dedicated to memes about the Bon Appétit test kitchen
- Bon Appétit YouTube Channel
- #IWDFCFTBATK page at KnowYourMeme.com
- 25 Memes About The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen That Will Make You Laugh at BuzzFeed, March 27, 2020
- I would die for Claire from the Bon Appetit test kitchen by Mike's Mic, posted to YT on June 25, 2019
- 'I want you to know that I can accept zero criticism right now' Claire Saffitz meme by elephantsshoe-blog, 2019, 172,630 notes as of October 2021
- The food world is imploding over structural racism. The problems are much bigger than Bon Appétit. in Vox.com, June 11, 2020
- Three Bon Appétit Stars Quit Videos Over Racial Discrimination at Forbes.com, August 6, 2020
- Bon Appétit video stars leave the Test Kitchen series due to alleged racial discrimination, in The Washington Post, August 7, 2020