FN 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.
Figure skater Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. National Champion, two-time Olympian and World medalist. But when he’s not on the ice, Johnny loves to entertain, often serving a unique combination of foods including veggie sticks, cheese, crackers, candy and wine. Get to know Johnny better from his Q&A with FN Dish.
The two words that best describe your cooking style are…
Johnny Weir: Clean and pretty
What’s your earliest food memory?
JW: I grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., and we have arguably the best produce in the world. I remember waking up to fresh tomatoes and pickles, lightly salted and peppered, every summer morning, compliments of my Papa.
What’s the best meal you ever ate?
JW: Full Russian table, eight courses, at the very exclusive Artists Club in Moscow: pickles, ice-cold vodka, black caviar on blini, filet mignon, salads of all colors, pelmeni, piroshki, chebureki — divine.
Going into Rachael vs. Guy, who did you think was going to be your biggest competition?
JW: Whatever I was cooking! Cooking and I haven’t always seen eye to eye. In human form, definitely Dean. He’s the Gourmet Dad.
Favorite pizza topping?
JW: Frisee and other baby greens
Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
JW: Julia Child. The accent, the overzealous use of butter and the uncanny ability to make it all look effortless.
What food will we never catch you eating?
JW: Hungry-Man dinners.
What’s your signature party dish?
JW: Crudites, Brie and crackers, Haribo and See’s Candies. My parties usually center more around the wine than the food.
Sweet tooth, salt tooth or both?
JW: Sweet tooth, always. Bring on the sugar!
What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
JW: A whisk. It makes me feel fancy.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find in your fridge?
JW: Skin cream
What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
JW: Classical or oldies. Cooking is oddly soothing at times and my Tchaikovsky and Motown help enhance my mood.
Johnny is playing for the Human Rights Campaign.
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