• Andrew Rea is a YouTuber, social media star and author of cookbooks, best known for his YouTube channel “Babish Culinary Universe”
• He was taught to cook by his mother when he was 8 and attended Hofstra University to gain a BA in film studies
• He is popular on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, and has appeared in various talk shows, podcasts and series
• He won a Streamy Award in 2019 and is married to video editor and producer Jessica Opon
• As of November 2021, his net worth is estimated at over $6 million
Who is Andrew Rea?
Andrew Douglas Rea was born in Mendon, New York State USA, on 2 September 1987 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s a YouTuber, social media star and an author of cookbooks, who’s perhaps known best for his YouTube channel “Babish Culinary Universe”, which he launched on 21 August 2006. It’s today subscribed to by close to 10 million people, and numbers over two billion views of all of Andrew’s videos combined; most of these feature Andrew preparing, eating and reviewing various foods.
Early life and education
Andrew was raised alongside his brother David in Rochester, New York State, by their father Douglas Rea, and their mother Annie, who died when Andrew was 11; nothing else is known about his family, as he respects their privacy.
Andrew was taught to cook by his mother when he was around eight years old, and he instantly fell in love with it. He became interested in acting while attending a local elementary school, and was a member of the school’s drama club, appearing in various plays performed there. He continued acting during his four years at a local high school, and was also interested in sports, playing football and soccer.
Upon matriculating in 2005, Andrew enrolled at Hofstra University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies in 2009; he then spent some time working at SwitchFX Inc. as a visual effects artist.
Most popular YouTube videos
Andrew is mostly popular on YouTube thanks to his amazing knowledge about food, but also for sharing some of his best and favorite recipes with his fans.
We’re going to mention three of Andrew’s most popular YouTube videos, which have helped him gain many subscribers.
His #1 video “Binging with Babish: Ratatouille (Confit Byaldi) from Ratatouille” has been watched close to 30 million times since 2 March 2017, and shows Andrew preparing the famous food Ratatouille, which became popular after the release of the eponymous animated movie in 2007.
His second most popular video “Binging with Babish: Krabby Patty from Spongebob Squarepants” has been watched over 20 million times since 31 May 2017, and features Andrew making Krabby Patty from the popular animated comedy series “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
Third in popularity is “Binging with Babish: Krabby Supreme from Spongebob Squarepants” has been viewed over 20 million times since 26 February 2019, and shows Andrew preparing the dish Krabby Supreme, also from the series “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
Andrew is highly popular on Instagram, and is today followed by more than a million people, while he has uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network; mostly showing the food he’s made.
He launched his Twitter account in November 2016, and has since amassed close to 200,000 followers, while he’s tweeted more than 1,000 times; Andrew is mostly focused on writing about his upcoming YouTube videos, but also about his everyday life.
His Facebook page Binging with Babish is today followed by more than 600,000 fans, while his most recent update was on 18 November 2021.
Andrew is also active on TikTok, and is today followed by close to 200,000 people, having amassed over 500,000 likes of all his videos combined, most of which feature him reviewing food and alcoholic beverages.
In 2018, Andrew made a guest appearance in an episode of various talk-shows, such as “Good Mythical Morning”, “Sean in the Wild” and “The List”’.
The following year saw him appear in various podcasts and shows, including “YouTubers React”, “The Chef Show” and “The Burger Show”.
He wrote the 2020 episode “Binging with Babish” of the family series “Childhood Thoughts”.
Since 2016, Andrew has been hosting his own short reality comedy show “Binging with Babish”, which today numbers over 130 episodes. It also stars Sean Evans and Mel, and follows Andrew as he’s making food which can be seen in various animated movies and TV series; it’s won one of the three awards for which it has been nominated.
Andrew has edited and produced nine of his show’s episodes.
Awards and nominations
Andrew has been nominated for three Streamy Awards, winning one in 2019 in the category Food for his YouTube channel.
He was also nominated for a 2018 Shorty Award for Best in Food, for his show “Binging with Babish”.
Wife and divorce
Andrew prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but it’s still known that he’s married twice. In 2014, he exchanged vows with his high school sweetheart in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of friends and family members. He hasn’t shared any details concerning her, not even her name, but the two divorced in 2017 for unknown reasons; it’s believed by some that Andrew’s wife was jealous and wanted to have children, and that he wanted to focus on his career, which led to their divorce, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
On 13 May 2021, Andrew married the American video editor and producer Jessica ‘Jess’ Opon, in the episode “9 Million Subscriber Special” of his show “Binging with Babish”; the ceremony was officiated by the American comedian and minister Joel McHale.
Andrew and Jess met when she was hired to produce his videos.
As of November 2021, Andrew’s married to his second wife Jessica Opon, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Andrew’s physically quite active, and has four to five training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body; he’s also following a diet, as he mostly eats healthy foods.
He’s a huge fan of tattoos, and has many inked onto both his arms, and his back.
He’s into travelling, and his career has taken him all around the world. Andrew has been to many US states, as well as to various Asian and European countries, partly because he enjoys tasting various cuisines.
He likes to watch movies late at night – his favorite actor and actress are Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman, while a couple of his favorite films include “Meet Joe Black”, “Leon: The Professional” and “V for Vendetta”. Andrew also likes to watch animated films, with his favorites being the trilogy “The Lion King”, and “Ratatouille”.
Age, height and net worth
Andrew’s age is 34. He is bald, has brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.85m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
As of November 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $6 million.