Meet Dean McDermott — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 31st, 2012

Dean McDermott
Rachael vs. GuyFN Dish is counting down to the season 2 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. The competition tests the celebrities to see who has the culinary chops to win the title of champion and guarantees a $50,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Watch the premiere on Sunday, January 6, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

TV and movie actor Dean McDermott is best known for appearing alongside his wife, Tori Spelling, in their reality show. But acting aside, Dean may have an upper hand in the competition because he’s been attending culinary school. Get to know Dean better from his Q&A with FN Dish.

The two words that best describe your cooking style are…
Dean McDermott: The two words to describe my cooking style are fresh and local. I’m part of the locavore movement and love knowing where my food comes from. I’m into simple ingredients and pulling big flavor out of them. My Dad always told me to “keep it simple, Stupid.”

What’s your earliest food memory?
DM: My first cooking memory was when I was about 7 years old. My Mom and I would make box cakes together. I’d always love licking the spoon, and when the cake was done, we’d sit and watch The Carol Burnett Show and stuff our faces.

What’s the best meal you ever ate?
DM: The best meal I ever ate was at Mario Batali’s restaurant in Las Vegas. We had an 8-month-aged steak. It was so dense and delicious. The meat on the outside was so dark, and when you sliced it open the flesh was a deep purple color. It tasted like truffles. It was amazing. I lost a thousand dollars gambling that night, but I had an amazing meal.

Going into Rachael vs. Guy, who did you think was going to be your biggest competition?
DM: Going into Rachael vs. Guy, I thought my biggest competition would be Carnie Wilson. I know Carnie, and she is a great cook — funny as hell and a great cook. The first day on set, she brought these amazing brownies. I knew I was in trouble when I ate about 10 of them.

Favorite pizza topping?
DM: My favorite pizza topping is Italian sausage. You can’t have pizza without a little swine. Oh, and a nice glass of wine. Swine and wine are my yin and yang.

What food will we never catch you eating?
DM: You will never catch me eating liver. My mom used to make me eat overcooked liver, and I used to drown it in ketchup to help choke it down. However, once a year I try liver in the hopes my palate has changed. So far, no luck. I despise it.

What’s your signature party dish?
DM: My favorite party dish I make is blanched asparagus with a miso-ginger dip and toasted sesame seeds. You dip the asparagus in the miso-ginger, then in the toasted sesame seeds. It’s a great interactive dish.

Sweet tooth, salt tooth or both?
DM: I’m a total sweet junky. I love any kind of sweet. Being a Scotsman, I love caramel and butterscotch. Add a dash of salt…magic.

What’s the most surprising thing we’d find in your fridge?
DM: The most surprising thing you’d find in my fridge is a huge chunk of beef fat. I love cooking with it, or using it in my hamburger or sausage grind. I love being able to control the fat ratio in my burgers and sausages. Fat is flavor, so I’m a bit heavy-handed.

What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
DM: The music I like to listen to while I cook is obscure. I love Neil Young, Guns N’ Roses and Tony Bennett. If I have a lot of chopping to do, I put on some Jane’s Addiction. Good edgy, alternative music.


Dean is playing for Miracle Babies.


Meet the rest of the celebrities:
Cornelia Guest
Gilbert Gottfried
Kathy Najimy
Hines Ward
Carnie Wilson
Johnny Weir

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Comments (15)

  1. Gail says:

    I love Dean Mcdermott. I've love him since he and Tori ran that little bed & breakfast, The Chateau La Rue in Fallbrook, California. I think he is an amazing husband and father. I know he will do well on the Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off this season. I think he can win. I hope he does.

  2. linda compton says:

    Go Dean McDermott! Love Dean and Tori and their adorable little family. I know he can rock this.

  3. Cindy says:

    His first wife (the one he left for Tori) is a chef.

  4. HaruhiS says:

    I'm already hoping he'll win… good charity he's got, and I like his personality! I guess will see how he does in the kitchen!

  5. Michelle kuykendal says:

    I would love to have the recipe for the skirt steak & spicy polenta. Please post.

  6. 2ndbestfriend says:

    I've never heard of him & didn't know his wife did anything after 90210. *shrug* Good luck. I hope you're judged on talent displayed on this show.

  7. Jana says:

    I agree with Sweettooths comment…Deam McDermott…a cheating second rate actor who is living off his cheating wife Tori. Seriously food network? Couldn't you choose a much better public figure!!!? Fell bad for the twelve year marriage they broke up and his poor sweet first wife!

  8. Linda says:

    Yes his first wife was a chef and they both had a cooking show on CTV Canada when they were still married.His first wife had a second cooking show that he appeared on from time to time to cook.How is this not having an advantage over the other contestants.

  9. clov says:

    your cute bt your foods boring an you freak out abt time bt you waste it on evryone else

  10. Min says:

    come on people, they all call him daddy dean, he's the one who's helping everyone else out with there cooking, apparently no one really knows how to cook, Johnny alittle but he still needs help from Dean, the man can cook if he'd just get over his nervousness, come on Dean you can do it!

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