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A YouTube Star Turns This Breakfast Staple Into a Party

Binging With Babish’s rum-soaked French toast would also make a killer dessert.

Breakfast of champions: Binging with Babish’s rum-soaked take on French toast.

Breakfast of champions: Binging with Babish’s rum-soaked take on French toast.

Photographer: Evan Sung

Editor’s Note: As we begin leaving our home kitchens and dining out more, the weekly Lunch Break column will evolve to highlight dishes from a variety of sources: a new or reopened restaurant; a newsmaking person, place, or recipe; or, of course, a great cookbook.

On June 15, Andrew Rea, best known as the star of Binging with Babish, posted a cooking video based on the animated TV series American Dad. It was a dish of “Meat-Ghetti and Spag-Balls.” Within two days, it racked up over 1.5 million views as people watched Rea make a straightforward version of ground beef strands and spaghetti balls. Then he hacked the dish by preparing sous vide sausage strands and deep-fried pasta balls—and it did not go well, even if it did make for great entertainment.