Order up! These sexy foodies are bringing their own heat to the kitchen with a few signature dishes
The star harnessed his love of cooking as a struggling actor in N.Y.C. “My brother had this term called ‘mung,’ ” says Bacon, 65. “For anything that you put in a pan, fry up and eat.” While his frugal days are behind him, the actor, who hosts his podcast Six Degrees, can “still make some version of mung” that might even impress wife Kyra Sedgwick and their two adult kids: “If you’ve got a can of tuna and some capers, some noodles and some oil and herbs, you can make something amazing.”
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Like so many, the Broadway star, 42, started cooking more during the early days of the pandemic. “It was almost like my 6 o’clock curtain,” he says. “I felt like I had an audience, and I would get my little applause when I did well. It was a way that I could stay connected to something creative.” The actor-singer perfected a beet poke bowl and relishes his meal prep as “time away.” “Nobody can need me for an hour,” says the father of two, who’s set to release his new album When a Crooner Dies this month. “I find it really restorative."
The Today show cohost, 50, enjoys this classic reverse-seared bone-in rib eye steak so much that he’d eat it as his last meal on earth. “I really do love it,” says Daly, adding that he’d pair it with wife Siri’s smashed potatoes, “a great bottle of wine and a nice leafy salad.” The father of four says food “is at the epicenter” of his family’s house: “Around 4 o’clock to 7, the kitchen [is] centered around dinner that night, kids doing homework and in and out for sports. I love to create an environment that’s family-friendly and fun.”
“Food is a big part of our life,” says the singer, 48, about “creating memories” with his family. He credits his Italian heritage for inspiring his talents in the kitchen, like perfecting his grandmother’s risotto recipe. Now the crooner, who just launched his Fraser & Thompson whiskey brand, is sharing those same experiences with his wife and four children, noting that what fulfills him as a dad is “everybody in the kitchen making a mess and having fun.”
"If I go more than a day without pasta, I’m like, ‘Something’s wrong,’ ” the Searching for Italy host, 63, says.
“I always love keeping busy, and I found with cooking, it’s the only thing that kind of relaxes me and chills me out,” the 24-year-old said last year.
The TikTok star, 35, amassed 18 million followers by testing viral food trends with celeb guests like Jared Leto and John Stamos: “It’s an excuse for me to be able to make food all the time.”
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