Andrew Rea (born: September 2, 1987), better known online as Binging with Babish, is a YouTube cooking channel based in Rochester, New York.
The channel got its name from Oliver Babish, a character from The West Wing, an American serial political television drama. It gained notoriety after Rea uploaded a re-creation of Friends' "Moistmaker" in 2016, which was widely circulated by fans through social media like Reddit. Previously, there were several videos unrelated to the cooking theme uploaded to the channel.
The channel mainly focuses on reverse-engineering food recipes from television shows or films, with added dry humor and being filmed at a fast pace. Binging with Babish usually comes in two formats: the original, literal one from a certain TV show/film and Rea's own interpretation/improved version of said recipe. Aside from it, Rea also uploads "Basics with Babish", a series of videos about cooking basics. While he shows his picture in his channel's profile pictures Rea rarely shows his face in his actual content: in most of his videos, he is filmed from the torso down.
Rea has featured in various other channels, namely Bon Appetit, Cocktail Chemistry, You Suck at Cooking, etc.
Aside from YouTube, he also has live stream sessions and has three side projects: Bedtime with Babish (a podcast series where he reads popular prose and poetries), Bangers with Babish (a set of playlist containing songs used in his videos), and Being with Babish (a serial where the Binging with Babish crew goes outside the kitchen and to various communities on a culinary trip).
- Binging with Babish
- Basics with Babish
- Basics with Babish Livestreams
- Bedtime with Babish
- Being with Babish
Aside from YouTube, he authored a cookbook titled "Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers", which featured his recreations of foods from popular movies.
- Rea learned cooking from his mother, who passed away when he was 11.
- It is revealed that Rea is allergic to bananas. He mentioned that he once had anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction.
- His account used to be called bgfilms.
- In a recent video, he revealed that he's struggling with depression and anxiety.