Titled ‘Sweet X Salty’, the online series will launch here on Friday August 21 at 4:45pm AEST, and Reynold has promised it will feature a diverse range of content “without” his “personality being filtered”.
“I’ve noticed a lot of YouTube videos are just cooks/chefs in the kitchen and nothing more than showing a recipe,” the 26-year-old told HuffPost Australia.
In order to make his clips unique, he will feature “a mixture of vlogging, insight into my life and storytelling of what I’ll be cooking”.
“I’ll be talking about my opinions and views with food, creativity and then taking them around to shop ingredients before coming back to the kitchen to cook,” he said.”
“Expect simple home comfort recipes to challenging desserts, as well as a few fails. I don’t like it too polished, if I fail, I fail. I’ll share that with you.”
One of the biggest intentions behind this new series is to showcase all aspects of his personality that perhaps weren’t as evident on reality TV.
“During MasterChef I was quite serious as of course it’s a competition with a lot on the line,” he admitted. “So I wanted to be able to be myself without my personality being filtered.
“And also to show everyone, I don’t just make pretty and ‘fancy’ food. I’ll give you recipes from my home, hangover food and creative artistic desserts that are broken down to show how simple it can be.”
After having moved to Australia from Indonesia with his family at age four, Reynold has still kept a firm grip on his culture and heritage, with food playing a big part. If all goes to plan, he’d like to launch a second series focused on Indonesian cuisine.
“I’m planning to do more episodes if this first series does well, to go in depth about more of my childhood dishes, Indonesian-inspired food and bringing in other chefs/friends to have a food battle and talk about life, culture and philosophy in food,” he said.
Reynold became a household name on Australian TV and was dubbed the ‘Dessert King’ after appearing in season seven of ‘MasterChef Australia’ in 2015.