May 9 – Celebrity Chef

If you could have dinner with one celebrity chef whom would it be?

This is so hard because there are so many chefs that I absolutely adore.

Heston because he’s such a creative culinary genius, and he sees food in ways most people simply wouldn’t naturally perceive. Whenever the words ‘molecular gastronomy’ are thrown around, Heston’s name is usually part of the same sentence. He’s simply amazing.

Nigella because she’s not afraid of making foods using all the wrong ingredients – full-fat cream, butter, sugar etc. Nigella’s reputation for having such a descriptive vernacular almost overshadows what she’s making.

Jamie because he has managed to show busy people that you can create quick and healthy meals every night of the week in as little as fifteen minutes, which is amazing. Considering that society has such an unhealthy diet and everybody is so time-poor, it just goes to show that we can all afford to take fifteen minutes out of our day to create something delicious.

It’s Paula Deen, y’all!! One of the original favourites of mine… she’s got the reputation of butter, butter and more butter!! The queen of fried foods, and pretty much ANYTHING you can eat that is bad for you, this woman has made it, and made it the most wickedly delicious thing you could ever imagine putting in your mouth. *lol*. She comes across as being quite welcoming and ‘motherly’, and you know that she would be incredibly hospitable if you were to visit her.

There are many more that I could add to this list, honourable mention goes to Maggie Beer, Adriano Zumbo, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris. Incredibly talented and down to earth chefs, well, except maybe for Zumbo – he’s just scary. They’re all people I’d love to meet.

Apr 9 – Scandalous Double Standards

Do you think there are a lot of double standards between men and women when it comes to scandals?

I don’t necessarily believe that there is. Yes, I agree that there are countless double standards between men and women generally speaking, however, when it comes to a scandal, I think it’s a relatively fair playing field – man, woman, it doesn’t matter. Once the word ‘scandal’ is involved, then it’s open warfare with the media. They will tear anybody apart across the front pages of the tabloids, regardless of whoever they are, and what gender they are.

If anything, I think that, again, generally speaking, there are more scandals in the media involving men, simply because men are stupid enough to be doing something scandalous in the first place. What was the last big ‘scandal’ in the media involving a woman?

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the one revolving around Nigella Lawson not being allowed into the US because she admitted to having used drugs in her past. Granted, this was also following on from her two former employees trying to get their own five minutes of fame claiming that she was quite the nasty horrible drug pig, AND this was after she was photographed in public being choked by her husband.

…but apparently it was all about Nigella, rather than Mr Saatchi… y’know, the guy with his hands around her throat… in public…!! But yes, let’s not focus on that… Nigella’s drug use is MUCH more important.

What a bunch of sexist crap.