Celebrities and food. We’re led to believe that those two terms don’t necessarily go together unless you’re actually a celebrity chef. In a world of fad celebrity diets, it’s no wonder that celebrities don’t seem to have much credibility when it comes to the culinary arts.
It might come as a surprise, then, when I tell you that lots of celebrities are actually big foodies. Lovers of the real stuff. The good stuff, you know, pot roasts and pizzas. From Snoop Dogg to Moby, here are five celebrities who have a surprising passion for food.
A man who isn’t afraid to restyle himself over, and over, and over again. He’s been Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion, a global performing DJ going by the name DJ Snoopadelic, and perhaps, most importantly, one of the best hip-hop stars of all time. Now Snoop Dogg is in the kitchen.
This new culinary collaboration by Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart is called Potluck Dinner Party. While Snoop leaves the majority of the actual cooking to Martha, it’s hard to doubt his passion or his ability to bring something completely fresh to the classically stale cooking show.
You might think this is obvious, or even a joke, considering the name of her song “Milkshake”. However, right after Kelis recorded her 2006 album “Kelis Was Here,” she began studying as a chef at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. “I studied to be a chef as a side thing, a little hobby that I enjoyed doing. But I ended up falling madly in love with the food and the lifestyle,” she told Scotland’s Daily Record in 2010. Soon after finishing chef school, Kelis returned to the recording studio. Maybe she was telling the truth about her milkshakes after all.
If her meat dress didn’t make the point clearly enough – Lada Gaga loves food. “I watch cooking shows nonstop, and I’m an excellent cook”, she said to The Mirror in 2011. Her specialty is Italian cuisine. It’s no surprise, as her parents own a great Italian restaurant, Joanne’s, in New York City.
“My father will just shout a recipe at me and I’ll make it.” Her family’s recipe for authentic Italian meatballs is up on ABC news, and you can watch her cook up a chicken Milanese with British talk show host and comedian Alan Carr.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl
When Foo Fighters appeared on Top Chef in the episode titled Foo Fighters’ Thanksgiving, Dave Grohl surprised pretty much everybody who was watching with his knowledge of fine cuisine. The head judge on the show, Tom Colicchio, told New York magazine’s blog Grub Street “The funny thing with Dave was that right before we go out to do our entrance, he’s like, ‘I’m so excited. This is my favorite TV show. I can’t wait! They’re really into food. Some of the things he said … it was hysterical. I would just look at him and be like, ‘What did you just say?’ He would be like, ‘the sear on the meat could have been a little better, you know, I think you needed a little more seasoning.’”
Moby has used his celebrity influence to promote living a positive and healthy life physically, mentally and spiritually. His café in New York City, Teany, embodies his passion for living a simple, healthy life. Serving a wide range of vegan dishes, the café also has a long list of teas to choose from. Unlike many celebrity-owned restaurants, this one is still open. And business is booming.