If you find yourself in London and you're pining for some fried chicken, before you make your decision you might want to check out these hilarious reviews conducted by the guy known as the Chicken Connoisseur.
In his YouTube show The Pengest Munch Elijah Quashie—who describes himself as "a food critic for mandem who care to know what the finest chicken restaurants in London are and where to find them"—scours the independent chicken shops of England's capital looking for the finest wings the city has to offer a hungry guy.
And he has some very high standards.
It's seen 23-year-old Quashie (yep, we know, he looks like he should be in school) become an internet favorite for his no nonsense, humored reviews where he goes into great detail about the food. He also takes in to consideration various factors including how crispy the batter is, the regularity of the french fries' size, the availability of BBQ sauce (a fav of the Chicken Connoisseur), and how much value the meal is.
If he enjoys it he calls it "peng" which is urban slang for "great." If he doesn't then, well, he doesn't hold back. Flaky skin on some wings in one chicken shop is compared to dead hair. "If you got your hair freshly trimmed lets say a week ago and you haven’t combed it since." he notes "Them ones, them pepper grains, is what the wings look like.”
The shop also gets called up for its chicken burger. "The burger? Bare lettuce. First time it came out there was bare mayo as well. I told him no mayo. Wasteman. Man takes me for a dunce."
Quashie's delivery and use of slang makes the reviews very funny and his tireless dedication to the task is admirable—and very helpful to London's fried chicken munchers.
Because let's not forget, while they are very amusing, he's doing it for us, taste testing the vast number of chicken shops so Londoners don't have to make the same mistakes he does. “Most of the time I eat chicken. All restaurants have reviews but chicken shops rarely have any." he told Buzzfeed. "They are not respected like that and they are better for value for many.”
As many people and fans of his work have noted (including The IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan) he deserves his own TV show. Maybe Netflix will come a calling. He also seems to be enjoying his new found internert fame. Long may he continue to do so.
Check out his videos below. And head to his channel to subscribe. You can also follow him on Twitter.