Goodbye, Mastanamma: 107-yr-old Andhra chef, popular on YouTube, passes away

The world’s oldest YouTuber has passed away. 107-year-old Mastannama from Andhra’s Guntur village, who cooked delicious local recipes from scratch, and shot to fame through her YouTube channel Country Foods, is no more. Country Foods had become one of the most widely viewed channels with around 12 lakh subscribers in just two years.

The channel was first started by K Laxman and his friend Srinath Reddy, both mediapersons from Hyderabad. In 2016, Laxman, who was a distant relative of Mastanamma, shared a video in which the elderly woman prepared a delectable brinjal curry for him and his friends. Laxman posted the video on YouTube and in no time, the single video had around 75,000 views. Soon, Mastannama’s watermelon chicken curry, kebabs, biryani and her village style KFC chicken crossed borders. She celebrated her 106th birthday last year with the money sent by her admirers worldwide.

Each of Mastanamma’s cooking videos began from scratch. What made her videos popular with her viewers was the proximity to nature, easily available ingredients and of course the 107-year-old’s relentless spirit and her toothless smile.

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