Happy Friday!! So, a few months back I was searching the interwebs looking for death row last meals, and I stumbled on Jack, who does something really neat. He recreates the last meals of famous criminals on his YouTube channel.
So we did what any good newsletter would do: we interviewed him.
But before we get any further, let me reveal the answer to Wednesday’s riddle:
I am in the middle of the sea,
But also in the desert.
Although you can see me once in a year,
I appear twice in a week.
What am I??
Answer: The letter E.
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But I digress, we need to talk about Jack, the Last Supper chef. He’s also our first ever interview. What a legend!
Q: Can you summarize what you do?
Each week, I recreate the last meals of notable people. It’s not always a criminal or someone on death row. It can be anyone, from a Mobster, Serial Killer, Bank Robber or Musician.
Then, after the meal is created, I delve into their life and crimes (if they committed any) and show the audience how to recreate their last meals on my YouTube channel.
Q: What made you start this up?
I’ve always needed a creative outlet (we know the feeling, bud!) and I’ve always been a fan of true crime and cooking. One hungover Sunday, after binge-watching both cooking and true crime shows, the idea came to my girlfriend that I should start recreating Death Row meals. From then on, I’ve never really looked back!
Q: What’s your end goal? What are you building toward?
My end goal is to build a community who are interested is this bizarre and morbid subject as well! That's what gives me the inspiration to keep going and recording the videos.
As much as I enjoy it and getting stuck in rabbit holes, I do love the feedback [from] people [who] look forward to it each week. [I also love that] it has them cooking also!
Q: What’s the oddest last meal you’ve cooked?
Peter Kurten's last meal. He was a stomach-turning German serial killer from the 30s. Getting stuck [down] a rabbit hole about him was as equally as fascinating as [it was] repulsive.
For his last meal he had a Wiener Schnitzel which is basically an Austrian dish of deep fried veal. Veal is something I don't eat because I think it's cruel but as I like to keep the recipes authentic. It's actually deep fried in lard and when I bit into it I heaved.
It almost felt like he was haunting me from the grave. I do not recommend [it].
Q: Which subject’s story sent you down the longest internet rabbit hole?
Without a doubt Dutch Schultz. I do tend to enjoy the 20s/30s gangsters & bank robbers the most as they fascinate me more. I love the era - the jazz, illegal drinking, parties etc.
But [Dutch Schultz] was a real character. A blood-thirsty bootlegger who controlled the Bronx and met his end in a New Jersey steakhouse.
That was probably my favourite episode to create as well. I read 2 books about him in a week!
Deep dive...into Jack’s pages!
The most recent one he did was Walter White’s last meal from Breaking Bad. Real fun.
-Andy & Mark
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