'Food Surgeon' Dissects Candy And Fruit With Weirdly Hypnotic Flair

Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/02/03/465340962/food-surgeon-dissects-candy-and-fruit-with-weirdly-hypnotic-flair?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=thesalt

Reese’s Peanut-Butter-Ectomy with Oreo Cream Transplant

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Two blue-gloved hands grip a scalpel and slowly, methodically, peel the label off a mandarin orange, and pierce the fruit’s skin — separating pith from flesh with cool deliberation. One week later, the hand and the scalpel are back to carefully extricate the center of a Reese’s peanut butter cup and replace it with the cream filling from an Oreo cookie.

To some, this is compelling entertainment. To others, it might be disturbing. But since posting his first video of the mandarin surgery on Jan. 26, the Food Surgeon’s YouTube channel has gained at least 10,450 subscribers and hundreds of admiring comments from viewers.

Dissecting a Cutie (Californian Mandarin Orange)

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We wondered: Who is this person behind the gloves? And why had he decided to fuse human surgery and cooking videos into a bizarre new genre?

Turns out the Food Surgeon is neither surgeon nor chef. He’s a Seattle engineer in his late 20s. His first name is Jeff, but he was unwilling to share his last name with NPR because, he says, he’s a very private person who doesn’t use social media and doesn’t wan…

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