Meet Johnny Weir — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 4th, 2013

Johnny Weir
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.

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.


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

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Comments (79)

  1. Leah says:

    Johnny is a very talented young man who enjoys cooking, and who is doing this for charity. Some of these comments are absolutely despicable, and although I normally avoid comments sections because they always dissolve into hate-mongering, I looked on this page because I was hopeful that this page would be filled with comments of encouragement and positive thoughts. Yes, Johnny Weir is flamboyant, which I suppose plays into the stereotype that most ignorant people expect homosexual males to fill. For those commenting on this page that Johnny is setting back gay rights and your ability to express your own gay self, I apologize, but you are very wrong, and you should take hard looks at yourselves. Johnny is just being himself, and if himself is flamboyant, who are you to say that that isn't the correct way for him to act? Johnny is showing people that he is happy and comfortable with himself, despite small minded people, like some of those commenting on this page. Upsettingly, that seems to include some of the gay community, who, not to jump to conclusions, have probably suffered unfair persecutions because of who they are. I expect this speech from people like Thom Jackson (see comment a few posts below mine for context), but I expect more empathy and understanding from those who have face persecution for doing nothing more than trying to be themselves and be happy.

  2. Lois says:

    Love you Johnny, you make me smile. Glad your on the show, hope you win :O)

  3. Free Info says:

    Did you know Johnny’s charitable causes include: AIDS/LifeCycle, 88 for AIDS, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Equality CA (EQCA), FFANY/QVC, Figure Skating in Harlem, Human Rights Campaign, Ice Theatre of NY, Kelly Ripa’s Annual High Heel-a-Thon, ’nPLAY Foundation, Russian Children’s Welfare Society, Skate for Hope, The Trevor Project, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, & UNICEF?

  4. Jayne1944 says:

    this is a show for fun which you get when you have a mix of people.I think weir was wonderful,human fun and totally himself.If you have a child watching the show,who asks why he is different what a wonderful teaching moment to talk about how we are all different, which makes the world an interesting place.Your child doesn't have to watch the show, but you will be having that conversation at some point. Last time I checked it was 2013 get over it.It is a show to entertain if you dont like it dont watch it.

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