During its seven-year run, BuzzFeed‘s Worth It has reshaped food criticism, boosted family-owned restaurants, earned over one billion views, and depicted over-the-top dishes from around the world. Now, the food-focused web series is coming to an end.
March 11 marks the beginning of the last season of Worth It. After three final episodes, hosts Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj will officially shelve their shared brand of cost-conscious food criticism.
Worth It episodes are typically framed around a specific ingredient or dish. Lim and Ilnyckyj — who are usually accompanied by cameraman and producer Adam Bianchi — travel to different restaurants to sample cheap, mid-range, and expensive versions of the chosen foodstuff. Each episode ends with the hosts determining which take on the dish provided the best bang for their buck.
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That format has sent Lim, Ilnyckyj, and Bianchi around the world, and the final season of Worth It will feature more globetrotting adventures. The first of the three ultimate episodes will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where actor Simu Liu will show off some of his “hometown favorites.”
The final season of Worth It gives the show’s hosts one last chance to deliver their unique brand of food criticism. The show pairs Lim’s everyman palate with Ilnyckyj’s culinary knowledge (and mild fussiness) to bring haute cuisine to the masses.
“I see them trying to do something that is useful for a dining public that is younger and more knowledgable than ever before,” chef David Chang told Tubefilter after Worth It visited one of his restaurants in 2017. “When you talk to people that aren’t foodies or are under the age of 25, they know these guys more than any other chef I know.”
That name recognition helped Worth It become one of BuzzFeed’s most successful shows to date. Its 87 episodes have collectively earned more than one billion views and nearly ten billion minutes of watch time. Along the way, Worth It has generated a spin-off, unlocked new opportunities for its stars, and won three Streamy Awards.
The show has also had a measurable impact on the restaurants it visits. After a season one episode celebrated the affordable, delicious noodles at L.A. strip mall joint Pasta Sisters, the restaurant drew a big enough crowd to sell out all of its pasta. Other featured eateries saw sales bumps of 20% after showing up in Worth It episodes.
Worth It has spread positive vibes and boosted sales across the restaurant business, but all good things must come to an end. If you’d like to say goodbye to the show by watching its last three episodes, you can find them on the About to Eat channel. The final season installments will drop on March 11, March 25, and April 8.