Viewers have threatened to call the police on a man who shared a video demonstrating his homemade recipe to cook mashed potato using crisps and cheese.
At first the concept sounds like it might just work, but the final result has left people horrified as one person said they “showed this to my dog and he threw up”.
TikTok user @Elis_Kitchen has racked up millions of views with his alternative cooking techniques, which includes cooking up chocolate soup and mixing butter-based cocktails.
But his latest creation has even caught the attention of a Michelin-starred chef, with a video captioned: ‘Signature cheesy mashed potatoes.’
To make the dish yourself, Eli adds salt and vinegar to a pan of water and brings it to the boil before throwing in six bags of plain crisps.
As they boil down to a very questionable mash consistency, Eli drains it (drinking some of the water for good measure), and then returns it to the pan, adding cheese and smoked paprika until it begins to turn red in colour.
He then serves it up and digs in, closing his eyes in appreciation of his masterpiece before adding a simple critique of his dish, branding it “delicious”.
But more than 800,000 viewers were less convinced, as one commented to say: “You eat ants off the ground don’t you?”
A second wrote: “No video has ever caused me more pain than this,” as another added: “This made my stomach hurt hella bad.”
A fourth replied: “Cops are on their way”, and someone else begged: “Please go buy actual potatoes. They’re not even expensive.”
And Brad Carter, the chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, labelled the idea “ludicrous”, telling Insider : “It looks like sludge and it’s obviously not good mashing all that frying oil into your food.
“I’m a purist. A mash is a dish on its own, so it needs respect
“Ten out of ten for lockdown innovation though, I must say.”