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“Cooking With Paris” is the iconic mogul’s debut as a domestic goddess

Between the 2018 documentary “American Meme” and the 2020 Paris Hilton film “This is Paris”, Hilton’s media exposure over the past few years has been extremely raw, if not bleak at times. With that in mind, a light, silly cooking show doesn’t seem like the natural next chapter for Hilton, and yet that’s exactly what Netflix’s “Cooking with Paris” is.

In the first episode, Hilton, 39, says repeatedly that she wants to have babies and needs to learn to cook if she is to start a family. She tells her guest Kim Kardashian, “I feel like I’ve lived like a 21 year old girl my whole life,” but now she’s finally ready to feel like an adult, she says as she pulls out her recipe. of rainbow jewelry. delivered. When her celebrity guests arrive, she shows off her newly remodeled mansion and her gourmet chef’s kitchen – another sign of her next chapter as she ditch her old wall-to-wall Barbie pink home decor.

This fits perfectly with what we learn about Hilton in “This is Paris,” the YouTube documentary in which Hilton works on the trauma and abuse she faced as a teenager and following the sex leak. tap. One of the main storylines of his self-produced documentary in 2020 is his desire to get married and have children after decades of partying and DJing around the world. She is almost done with part one, getting engaged to businessman Carter Reum in February of this year, and on the verge of reaching part two as she has already started undergoing IVF treatments and discussed of her hopes of having children (twins in particular) in 2022.

In “Cooking with Paris”, just like in the other documentaries, Hilton seamlessly oscillates between her iconic vocal fry and a deeper, more emotional tone, allowing the viewer to watch her enter and exit character. One minute, she’s walking down the produce aisle like a trail, then she asks a grocery store clerk what chives are. She drops thousands of dollars on caviar and truffles just because she can, clearly doesn’t know the difference between a blender and a blender, but also spices up episodes of brand-perfect cooking tips that are. surprisingly useful, like pulling out your cutest oversized sunglasses while chopping onions to protect your eyes.

It sounds odd, like a more conscious version of its “Simple Life” days, but it’s 100% Paris, who is always on top of the joke and still on top of the camera rolling – at one point while eating. a meal cooked with her mom, Kathy Hilton, she breaks character to berate Kathy for speaking while bending over to mend her outfit and not “looking sexy”.

Even for non-Hilton fans, the show is also worth a visit for the “cooking” portion of “Cooking with Paris”. She doesn’t pretend to know what she’s doing, but isn’t shy about trying new, complicated recipes, either. And even trying seemingly more basic dishes – tacos, French toast, burgers – she adds her own over-the-top twists, because when you’re a billionaire why wouldn’t you.

Viewers at home probably aren’t going to replicate her 24-karat gold onion rings or glittering unicorn cannoli, but are happy to indulge themselves through Hilton. Flaunting his ungodly wealth throughout the series feels like an escape, not unattainable, like watching a good episode of “International House Hunters”.

For fans of Hilton and 2000s party girls, “Cooking with Paris” is more than just a culinary adventure, it’s about growing up and settling down. Hilton has spent two decades as a successful entrepreneur launching fashion and fragrance lines, while partying at the hottest clubs around the world, only to finally decide what she really wants is the life of a housewife, and a hot housewife.

Mildred Lasky

The author Mildred Lasky