During the one-on-one cooking lesson, Owen discussed his Internet fame and attributed his success not to his delicious food, but to the sounds of his cooking.
“It’s like when people eat, the crispiness, the crunchiness,” he said, comparing his TikToks to videos intended to induce Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
As for his recipes, Owen said he is greatly inspired by his culture: his mother is Italian while his father is Chinese.
Speaking of whom, Owen’s mother was in the audience and proudly watched her son show off his kitchen skills. Owen’s mom is vegan and never cooked at home but Owen told Jennifer he knows how to make vegan food, and made his mom an eggplant sandwich the previous night.
When asked why he has the title of “Sandwich King,” he explained that he initially began making TikToks for fun but went viral after posting one of his sandwiches. Eventually, Owen “ran with it” and honed in on the craft of sandwich making.
Even though this turkey sandwich is his favorite, he made sure to make one without mayo as Jennifer prefers mustard.
“Chef Owen, you can make some sandwiches. I forgot I was on television,” Jennifer said after trying the yummy dish. “You outdid yourself.”