You’ve probably seen it by now: a chef meticulously preparing tiny burritos for a tiny hamster’s perfect dining experience. The video, which is set to classical music and runs less than 90 seconds, was uploaded to YouTube recently and has since racked up more than 6.5 million views and Twitter endorsements from the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Katy Perry. While the burrito-eating hamster has become something of an Internet celebrity, so too has its masterful “chef,” who isn’t actually a chef at all.
That enviable burrito maker is Farley Elliott, a comedy and food writer who regularly writes for this blog. You may know him as our resident strip mall rat, who’s been known to travel as far and wide as Reseda, Compton and Diamond Bar to explore L.A.’s fiercest strip mall pupuserias, carnicerias, Indian bistros, boba cafes and late night sushi bars.
We reached out to Elliott via email to ask about how he became the Internet’s most celebrated hamster chef, and he set the record straight on the questions you’ve all been asking in the Youtube comments: No, he’s not a chef. Yes, he worked with a hamster trainer to make sure the hamsters (there were several) were all well fed, and no, he will not cater your next dollhouse party – so don’t even ask.