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Joey Mathews

The model, on turning television food show host with Love Bites with Joey

Joey Mathews
Joey Mathews

How did Love Bites... happen?

My friends surprised me one day by bringing along their producer friends to a meal I had cooked up at home. They were excited to discover a model who cooks and that is how it ended up on NDTV Good Times.

When did you catch the cooking bug?

About 10 years ago, when I was living away from home, I missed Mallu food and got my mother to teach me some recipes. After that, I took a couple of cooking courses.

How is Love Bites... different from the other food shows?

The fact that I’m not a chef, and that I have been in the public domain as someone completely different. So hopefully, I can convince viewers that if I can cook, it can’t be that tough!

You have been nicknamed ‘desi Nigella’.

It’s a huge compliment to be compared with her, but she’s an icon and I’m nowhere close.

How do you go about picking Love Bites’s signature dishes?

I have a little black book with recipes that I have collected over the years. Plus, I have three shelves full of cookbooks.

The one dish you never tire of cooking?

I love experimenting with Panna cotta.

Cooking shows you like to watch?

I hung my head while watching Junior Masterchef recently. I also love Food Safari.

Is there an art to making cooking look sexy?

It is important to be natural, a bit of a motormouth, and keep the tone simple. Love Bites... has been shot in my home, so it helps being in a comfort zone.

You plan on launching a restaurant.

Probably in a year or two, once I take professional cooking courses and work in a restaurant kitchen. I’d like to open an intimate place.

Have you retired from modelling?

I do a few shows, but I don’t take part in fashion weeks.

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