Brooklyn Beckham, the 22-year-old son of football hero David and Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria, has said he dreams of being a “top chef”.
But he skipped over the actual task of learning to cook and went straight into the limelight.
According to insiders familiar with his social media series, “Cookin’ With Brooklyn,” it took a team of 62 professionals to help demonstrate how to make a sandwich — including a “food producer” who approves recipes, five cameramen and nine producers.
“It’s unheard of,” a senior television executive told the Post. “It’s the kind of crew you’d expect on a major TV show.”
There’s also a big TV budget: Insiders say each episode of the show, which airs on Facebook Messenger and Instagram (where Brooklyn has 13.1 million followers), costs $100,000.
The sandwich Brooklyn “makes” is a take on traditional British fish and chips, updated by putting sea bream topped with a hash brown and coleslaw in a bagel.
Brooklyn, however, does not make or cook a single item of the sandwich. He spreads only aioli mayonnaise on the bagel and lays the ingredients prepared by others on top. He does not know how to beat or fry a piece of fish. He has no idea how long it would take to fry a hash brown.
Without irony, he tells the camera: “With sandwiches, you can do so many different things. It really helps to be creative.
A source sniffed at the Post: “He has to cook this [his mother] Posh was to sing.
“Apparently the guy has to be shown some really super basic stuff and has a ‘cheat sheet’ of expressions ranging from whipping to boiling, many illustrated with pictures.”
Her famous family, especially her father, is mentioned in every episode. “I came here with my dad when I was 13,” he tells chef Nobu sushi and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisha.
“Everything he does is run by his parents,” a family source said. “Victoria first pulled the strings for him in fashion photography. Now, with the kitchen, he has Gordon Ramsay as a family friend. Gordon advised them to invest as much money as possible in it.
The show is produced by influencer content company Wheelhouse DNA and carries a copyright to Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram.
This is Brooklyn’s third career attempt. As a teenager, he hoped to become a professional footballer like his father, but was dropped by London club Arsenal aged 15. He studied photography and media at a private college in London and was accepted to study photography at Parsons School in New York. but became homesick and dropped out after less than a year.
In 2017 he published “What I See”, a book of 300 “personal” photographs, including Victoria stroking an elephant and David’s stick tattoo.
After watching Brooklyn’s recent appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, British TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson wrote in The Sun: ‘My thoughts are with friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry who are chefs trained and deserved to have a place at Table Corden, rather than rookie Brooklyn. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had the same thoughts of nepotism and unfair advantage. It’s no wonder this kind posting breeds jealousy and frustration.
It came after the controversy last October when he appeared on the “Today” show and put together a bacon, egg and sausage sandwich. Everything except the egg was pre-cooked.
British TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, renowned for her kindness, said on air: “I first thought it was a parody, but it’s not. He looked quite embarrassed, the little soul. He’s coming here tomorrow to make beans on toast. Bonkers!”
During the lockdown, Brooklyn said, he took a serious interest in food and began posting videos on social media of himself preparing food at the Los Angeles home of 10.5 million of dollars that he shares with his fiancée, “Bates Motel” actress Nicola Peltz.
The couple are due to wed on April 9. Beckham’s mother, Victoria, has invited all of her former Spice Girls bandmates to the affair, which will be held at the Florida mansion of Peltz’s billionaire businessman father.
Brooklyn is unlikely to be in charge of catering, judging by his attempt on the show to fry packets of sushi rice. They’re supposed to be soft in the middle but come out “so crispy” that they “could be used as cereal.”
But at least he has a set of sushi knives, engraved with his initials, that cost over $1,000.
Following? Brooklyn is said to have a hot sauce line in the works. Just call it Nepotism Spice.