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Nickocado Avocado is a man who turned his back on veganism for our own edutainment. Plus he lives in Colombia. What’s not to love?
Hola, Nickocado! Your YouTube videos are fabulous! If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?
Bacon, Pork Belly & Cheesy Pasta
In this video, I cook up some plant-based bacon while sharing my hilarious adventure from a vacation in Mexico, involving a woman who claimed to have magical powers and an ability to talk to dead people!
Korean Fire Noodle Challenge
As of now, this is my most-viewed video, reaching 2,000,000 people in 4 months. I eat a massive amount of spicy ramen noodles, and Mr. Noodle, my pet parrot, joins me for the fun! While some cringe at the sight, most find the video hilariously entertaining.
10,000 Calorie Challenge
I eat 10,000 calories in a span of 24 hours, succeeding in the very popular YouTube challenge. This was the hardest challenge I’ve ever had to do for a video (yes, even harder than the spicy noodle challenge). I gained 10 pounds overnight (mostly from water weight). Don’t try this at home, kids!
Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how your YouTube channel came to be?
My name is Nick, and I go by Nikocado Avocado on social media. I’m a 24 year-old newlywed, originally from Harrisburg area, Pennsylvania, currently living in Colombia, South America. I make daily “mukbang” videos, where I share my life and tell stories over a warm plate of food. I started making YouTube videos in 2015 when I was vegan, sharing plant-based ideas, recipes, and vlogs with my boyfriend.
In January of 2016, I filmed my first eating show, which was a special request from a friend. After a few weeks, the video got approximately 65,000 views, which at the time, was huge for me! From that point onward, I made one to two mukbangs a month, falling in love with the process of making food, eating food, and chatting along the way.
By the time October rolled around, I decided to revamp my entire channel into a mukbang channel, after numerous requests from my audience. “Mukbang” had become my favourite video to film, so this decision was an easy one to make. I was also wanting to quit my vegan diet, after being strict with it for five years, so my decision to become a “mukbanger” came at a perfect time.
As of now, I reach approximately 5 million people a month in views, and I absolutely love what I do!
What do you think is the main driver to people viewing your videos daily and subscribing to your channel?
I think people click on my videos because they are either impressed or shocked by the amount of food I eat in a sitting. Even when I was vegan, I always enjoyed massive plates of food. While food is the “star” of these eating shows, the eater plays an important part, as well – who they are, what they say, what they feel, etc. Personally, I treat my mukbangs like a daily diary. Although I remain mostly positive, I also share struggles, mistakes, and challenges that come my way. I talk about my ups and my downs, just as you would experience hearing when sitting down for lunch with a friend. I don’t script my videos. I talk from the heart and show everybody that I’m just a regular guy finding his way through life. I believe that is why (most) people end up subscribing and coming back for more.
What inspires you when creating a new mukbang video?
I’m inspired by many other YouTubers. I see what other people are eating and I try it out myself! I’m also inspired by my subscribers; they continually give me new ideas and special requests. In fact, I only started daily mukbang videos because they asked to see more!
What can we look forward from you down the track?
I will be uploading new mukbangs every single day for a few years – at least, that’s the plan! My husband and I are traveling to Thailand and Malaysia this summer, and I look forward to introducing new meals to my viewers. From greasy street food to healthy vegetarian food, there’s a lot in store. I dream of one day visiting other countries, such as Japan and South Korea, to feast on their traditional dishes.
Noodles are my all-time favourite food to eat, and I’ve been told that these are the perfect places to get them! Eventually, I would like to make short films on my channel, as I’ve always had an appreciation for cinematography.