Talented on screen and in the kitchen: Celebs you didn’t know could cook


They can act and they can cook


As Americans sit down to their holiday family dinner this week, it will more than likely be to a meal prepared at home.

Yes, as a people, we love to eat and we love to cook, and what better way to express appreciation for loved ones than by setting before them a sumptuous feast in a festive setting? It’s a tradition that reaches across socio-economic, political and geographical boundaries.

It also extends to the people who keep us entertained on TV, in movies and recordings and on the field of play. The following are a few of those folks who have talent in the kitchen, aren’t afraid to show it off and who might be slaving away in the kitchen this week. Or not.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: The “Modern Family” actor has a food blog with professional chef Julie Tanous and together they plan to write a cookbook. An admitted foodie and a restaurant investor, he says if he wasn’t an actor, he’d be enrolling in culinary school.

Kris Jenner: The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” matriarch has a thing for making comfort food for her family, many recipes of which turn up in her 2014 cookbook “In the Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites.”

Lady Gaga: The singer born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta has cooking in her blood as the daughter of a New York Italian restaurant owner. She’ll demonstrate her skills with photos of her creations on Instagram, making fresh ravioli with fillings from her garden and preparing a family favorite, whole wheat pasta with a sweet fennel sauce.

Michael Bublé: Yes, the man with the golden throat can also fill mouths and stomachs, making his own gnocchi, chorizo and asado. A former boat cook and fisherman, the Canadian crooner appears to have gotten this talent from his great-grandmother, who he watched cook as a child.

Gwyneth Paltrow: It should come as no surprise that the Oscar-winning actress is passionate about food, being the founder of the healthy-eating website The Goop and the author of the bestselling cookbooks “My Father’s Daughter” and “It’s All Good.”

David Beckham: The retired soccer star has some serious chops in the kitchen, which he likes to show off on Instagram. His good friend and mentor Gordon Ramsay has helped him along that path, giving him tips and showing him how to perfect his specialty, Beef Wellington.

Bradley Cooper: Those scenes of Cooper cutting, dicing and chopping as a chef in the movie “Burnt”? They’re real, as the “A Star Is Born” actor has culinary talent instilled him from growing up in a large Italian family.

Amy Sedaris: The actress/comedian may have spoofed homemaking/cooking shows on her series “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” but that doesn’t take away from the fact she’s written a cooking and crafting book and once had a cupcake business.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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