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This World of Warcraft cooking show is nerd heaven

World of Warcraft (WoW) numbers may be down, but it is still the world’s most subscribed massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).

American game studio Blizzard first released WoW in 2004, and in 2012 the game reached a peak of 12 million active subscriptions.

To celebrate the latest expansion of the game, Engadget reported that Blizzard built an elaborate café at Germany’s Gamescom convention, serving WoW-themed food and cocktails, and featuring heavy metal renditions of WoW music.

The event must have gone well because now the studio has created a cooking show hosted by Choi Hyun-seok, a famous South Korean TV chef.

The show debuted on January 20, and has the catchy title Wow! Recipe? The Meal is Ready.

In the show, guests apparently chat and share stories about the game. According to GameAbout it also features such wonderful WoW dishes as ‘Hell Hound Sweet and Sour Fish’ and ‘Murlock Soup’. Yum!

This is not the first time that cooking from video games has been attempted in real life. On the Eurogamer YouTube channel, host Johnny has tried to recreate a few dishes from popular games such as Dishonored 2, Witcher 3 and Dragon Age.

I don’t understand any Korean, but since the whole first episode of Wow! Recipe? The Meal is Ready is up on YouTube, I decided to give it a go. To help me out, I switched on YouTube’s auto-translate feature, but I can’t say it did much good.

Things got off to a pretty puzzling start:

Wow! Cooking with subtitles

Was this a subtle dig at Blizzard President and CEO Michael Morhaime? I’ll never know.

Wow! Cooking contestant

Onto the food, and the first dish didn’t look like much:

Wow! Bowl of soup

Until they turned out the lights… Damn! That dish is a RAVE.

Glow in the dark food

In the end, the host summed up my feelings quite well:

"I want to eat anchor"

If you are into WoW, love food and understand Korean, then this may the show for you.

The rest of us can stick with the likes of good ol’ Nigella.

About the author

Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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