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Dean McDermott and his wife Tori Spelling are the stars and executive producers of Oxygen's "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," which is currently in its sixth season. Along with being a reality star, turns out McDermott is a budding culinary star in his own right.
We recently caught up with the film and television actor for some food for talk - and came away craving steak, homemade ice cream and wanting to hug Jamie Oliver more than we already did to begin with.
One food that reminds you of Tori...
"Anything with truffles – just this morning, we bought a little truffle cutting board with a glass dome and a tiny grater. It’s a genius invention. I could smell the truffle. She is a truffle fanatic. We have truffles in Italian food, salads, to sushi. One of our favorite restaurants is Katsuya and they have a truffle and garlic olive oil sashimi."
Favorite Los Angeles restaurant?
"There are so many great places for a great meal, but my favorite restaurant is more sentimental than anything. It’s an Italian restaurant called Trattoria Amici. It represents certain things that I’ve done with Tori. We have family dinners there, we have romantic dinners there. It facilitates what we are and what we’ve become as husband and wife, and as parents."
Last meal that made you cry?
"On our third wedding anniversary we were at Mr. Chow’s and T[ori] gave me a Cartier roadster watch - and I love watches. I’m wearing it right now, I absolutely adore it. That made me cry - I can’t believe someone loves me this much to give me such a beautiful gift and wow, I have a Cartier watch!"
Dream dinner date
"Of course with my wife - would love to do something out the box. My dream date would be to get a beautiful room at a hotel in Beverly Hills and pick a menu from Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay and have that dinner in bed together. I’ve met Gordon Ramsay, he is super nice. I would love to meet Jamie Oliver and Bobby Flay.
Jamie Oliver got me back into cooking - when I was eighteen, after my mom died, I was living with one of my sisters and I was desperate for a part-time job. I applied for a restaurant that was opening from the ground up [and] took a job as a dishwasher. After a few days they put me on the front line and I made it up to second cook, then first cook. It was a high-end steak restaurant. I cooked 500 to 800 steak a night. During the day, to make more money, I would work as the prep chef.
Jamie Oliver’s cookbook 'Jamie’s Kitchen' - I just jumped into that and just started cooking and loved it. And now it has snowballed - I want to get my chef papers. Once I can string together nine months, I’m going to do that."
What is your favorite recipe to cook for your family?
"I love cooking for my family. With French toast, I color it, I design it - I’ve made plaid French toast once. I started dying French toast red - I tweeted about it and it’s really simple. Whether crispy fried salmon with vegetable broth or French toast, I really love to have fun while cooking.
I try to encourage people to get in the kitchen because if I can do it with a basic background in cooking, making mistakes is how you learn. I got this recipe for country sausage and homemade baked beans. The sausage I picked was really bad - it was very oily. The baked beans were with smoked paprika, and you’ve really got to be careful with that. If you use more than the recipe calls for, it’ll make your meal taste like you dumped too much salt on."
"I used to make a mean chocolate martini and French martini. I usually take a vodka-soda. I made this drink from Jamie Oliver, it’s an iced gin and pomegranate shot - it cleanses your palate. You take a nice shot glass, fill it with pomegranates, crushed ice, and gin - the taste together with pomegranates and the gin, especially a nice one like Bombay Sapphire, is amazing."
Can’t go a day without...
"Well after coffee, I’m a Scotsman and I cannot go a day without some sort of sweet, preferably chocolate. I love chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding. I love burnt almond dark chocolate."
One dish you can’t wait to share with your kids?
"I get them involved with everything - started off with an ice cream maker. A neighbor, when I lived in Canada, would make homemade ice cream with Kit Kats and Butterfingers and I thought, 'man, my kids would love this.' I went out and got an ice cream maker and they went to town. After we make it, we sit down together and eat it - and they are so proud. I get them to scramble eggs, I get them to mix the French toast. They love it."
Devna Shukla is an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°.
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