If you love cooking or watch a lot of cooking videos, you have probably heard of Grandpa Kitchen, a channel with over 6 million subscribers.
Of course, it was grandpa’s cooking skills and simplicity that got him so many followers from India and abroad.
Narayana Reddy, fondly known as Grandpa for his popular cooking channel on YouTube Grandpa Kitchen, died on October 27. He was 73. Telangana-based Narayana Reddy cooked delicious meals for children and also served food to orphans in his community.
His YouTube channel, which was launched in August 2017, has garnered more than six million subscribers. The news of his death was shared through a video shared on his YouTube channel.
In his cookery videos, Grandpa sat in a field and prepared considerably large portions of food. Grandpa’s menu was diverse and included dishes ranging from Chicken Biryani, pizza, burgers, chicken lollipops and crispy potato fingers.
The news was shared with his subscribers through a video uploaded on his channel on Wednesday.
Srikanth Reddy, the YouTube star’s grandnephew, told CNN that the idea for the channel came from Reddy cooking massive meals for his family.
“We used to have jobs in the city and would visit him during the holidays and he would always make big meals for us,” the younger Reddy said.
“We then got the idea that we should do the same for the community.”As the channel grew in popularity, he and other family members quit their jobs and began working on it full time.
“We will continue his work,” Srikanth Reddy said, adding that his great uncle was “always friendly and smiling,” and delighted in the positive reaction his videos received around the world.
“We would show him the comments and explain what they said,” he said. “He was very happy when saw them.”
Millions of fans
Reddy’s first video was uploaded in August 2017, under the title “King Of 2000 EGGS.” That video, which has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times, showed Reddy working outside, dressed in white clothes matching his trademark white mustache. He’s seen making a vast egg dish which he and his grandsons then divide up and deliver to local homeless people in a nearby town.
Over the following two years, Reddy uploaded more than 260 videos, many of which have millions of views. His most popular video, ironically for a channel that largely focused on Indian cooking, was for french fries. Other popular videos included recipes for biryani and butter chicken.
‘Example for humanity’
Fans told of their sadness over Reddy’s death. “People will never forget his selfless acts, may he rest in peace,” one wrote on his final video, which as of writing has more than 130,000 comments.
“He is an example for humanity,” another said.
Several mentioned Reddy’s clearly deteriorating health, something he addressed in a live Q&A with fans last week. Srikanth Reddy confirmed that his great uncle had been suffering from a recurring lung infection before his death.
“Ever since I found his channel I dreaded this day, I really didn’t want this day to come,” one commenter said. “(He was) such a beautiful soul.”
Many repeated Reddy’s motto as their tribute to him: “Loving, caring, sharing.”
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