We spoke with Nicko from Nicko’s Kitchen and discovered that imitation Kentuckian chicken is merely the tip of a very greasy, and ultimately tasty iceberg.
Hi, Nicko! Your YouTube videos are fabulous! If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?
KFC Chicken Clone
Cooking with Mum
Apple farm with my daughter
KFC Chicken Clone brought me so much success. Cooking with Mum is always a joy and taking my daughter to the south-west of WA and going through its food region was amazing; Imogen loved the apple farm.
Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how Nicko’s Kitchen came to be?
I’ve always loved food, cooking and the gift it gives to people. Most of our fondest memories are food involved in some form. Whether it’s around the dinner table, camping with friends or out at a restaurant, food gives you the greatest gift of all – memories. No one can take that away from you.
I started on YouTube in 2008 as a hobby while working at Perth Airport. It didn’t take long for Nicko’s Kitchen to become a global hit. We even had people born and living in Iraq making lamingtons for the first time – now that’s cool!
Fast-forward to 2016 and over all our social medias, we have been viewed by over half a billion people!
YouTubeMoments: What do you think is the main driver to people viewing your videos daily and subscribing to your channel?
We keep things simple and fun. It’s all about coming home on a Tuesday after work at 5pm and rustling up some tucker that won’t take long, that doesn’t hit the hip pocket and tastes great; and of course, builds confidence for the home cook.
YouTubeStories: What inspires you when creating a new recipe to showcase?
People. Every day we receive thousands of emails of what people want to see, and old recipes that they found and want to share. Or a fast food item they want to see be made into a homemade clone that would wow an audience at dinner.
YouTubeFuture: What can we look forward from Nicko’s Kitchen down the track?
As Nicko’s Kitchen approaches 10 years on YouTube, I am slowly introducing the next generation, that being my daughter and my son. My daughter loves cooking and loves being in front of the camera, so it’s a safe bet she will be part of the next generation of cooks online.