Condolences pour in, as Telangana’s Youtube Chef Grandpa Reddy is no more

Hyderabad: As YouTube’s celebrated chef from Grandpa Kitchen passes away, the internet has broken into a teary-eyed farewell.

73-year-old Narayana Reddy from Telangana had become a YouTube star for not only his mouth-watering dishes but also for his kind heart. He had ensured to give the food he made to the needy in his village. His unique cooking style of cooking on a fire stove in the open, even for pizza and cake recipes that usually require an oven, made him famous across the globe. Comments from viewers hailing from Australia, Germany, USA and the Philippines are a common sight in most of his videos.

Grandpa Reddy passed away on October 27 owing to age-related ailments. His last appearance was in a video, which streamed live on October 24 and showed that he was unwell for the past week.

Netizens from all over the country have been expressing their condolences through social media after Grandpa’s co-workers published a five-minute tribute video portraying his tear-jerking final journey on the Grandpa Kitchen YouTube channel. “People will never forget his selfless acts, may he rest in peace,” commented Alam Bebar, one of the channel’s followers. Another user, Anay Jha, said, “He dedicated his whole life for the orphans. Salute, you were a true hero.”

What makes Grandpa Reddy’s recipes unique? His cooking expertise was versatile and never limited within a genre. He cooked traditional dishes like biryani and bamboo chicken, besides western dishes such as burgers, pizza and pasta with equal finesse. Moreover, he would cook these in humongous portions so that he may share it with others as well. The abundance of his food, prepared in large-scale, mostly set in a lush, green rural background, made his videos a visual treat.

His YouTube Channel, which has been active since August 2017, has around six million subscribers as of now. His French Fries video, which had gone viral, garnered approximately 37 million views, followed by his Maggi video which got almost 27 million views. The recently published video about the jumbo-sized Oreo chocolate cake is also quite popular among viewers.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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