The ‘Food Surgeon’ Is the Latest Hypnotically Strange YouTube Sensation


In the past week, a man calling himself the “Food Surgeon” has picked up nearly half a million YouTube views with two videos of his latex-gloved hands “operating” on food. Considering he eats his patients at the end, the clips are more than a little Silence of the Lambs–y, but they’re also oddly satisfying.

His most recent video, posted three days ago, is “Reese’s Peanut-Butter-Ectomy with Oreo Cream Transplant,” which documents a procedure in which he uses a scalpel to open the top of a Reese’s, remove all of the gooey insides, and implant cream from an Oreo.

His other clip is three minutes of a clementine being peeled with surgical precision:

According to NPR, his first name is Jeff, and he’s a 20-something engineer in Seattle who likes the YouTube series Silently Cooking and readily admits he’s “not qualified to perform surgery of any kind.” Maybe not surprisingly, he’s also really into the phenomenon called ASMR, a hypnotic “brain orgasm” people claim is triggered by watching videos of other people whispering and doing things super methodically. Basically, that’s why he makes these videos — to create “a hypnotic state in people.”

His next project is in the works right now, and it’s going to be a “controversial” surgical maneuver on an avocado.

[Food Surgeon via NPR]