TikToker causes international turmoil over breakfast recipe

When Chef Gusteau famously said “Anyone can cook” in Disney’s “Ratatouille,” he could not have anticipated that an American TikTok user living in the U.K. was going to undermine the wholesome motto.

In The Know has covered Michelle before, who goes by jchelle36 on the platform, for her abysmal tea-making skills (involving 235 grams of sugar in a single cup), and now she’s back with a new horrifying twist on a classic English breakfast.

Beans on toast is exactly what it says it is. The basic dish is traditionally made with two slices of toasted, buttered bread, topped with hot baked beans. It’s simple, cheap and allows for some improvising, like adding some grated cheese on top.

“Everyone is requesting that I make a traditional British breakfast,” Michelle says in her TikTok intro. “So today we’re going to make beans on toast.”


American cooking beans on toast in the UK #americanintheuk @nichole.caroline

♬ original sound – jchelle36

Michelle places a plain, untoasted piece of white bread onto a plate and then pours cold baked beans straight from the can, right on top. After unwrapping a slice of cheese and placing it on top of the mess, she puts everything in the microwave for an undetermined amount of time.

“That’s how you make beans on toast,” Michelle smiles, holding up a disaster breakfast.

As with Michelle’s other videos, the comments section is filled with outraged TikTok users — both Americans denouncing her for her cooking skills and Brits rioting against the defunct recipe.

“At this point I’m just concerned,” one person commented.

“I seriously don’t [know] if I can watch any more videos lol,” another replied. “I’m actually offended.”

“A crime against humanity,” one user sums the video up.

A lot of users asked whether Michelle was just trolling everyone after her videos gained traction from news outlets (Editor’s note: Sorry!).

“I think it was just ignorance until this video. Now it’s on purpose,” a TikToker pointed out.

It’s unclear if this is all part of Michelle’s grand scheme to become TikTok famous, but a TikTok she posted after this video was a slideshow of all the press she’d been getting for her recipes.


I love sharing my culture and giving you tutorials on how to cook British food! #americanintheuk

♬ Personal – HRVY

If you want to read more about TikTok, learn what the caption “I had pasta tonight” actually means on the platform.

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