Zooey Deschanel loves to cook. Her specialties include risotto and many French dishes that she learned from visiting family abroad.
However, her new Max food series, “What Am I Eating?” , do not revolve around her life in the kitchen. Deschanel told me Monday night at a gala dinner celebrating “What am I eating?” the first show. “No one wants to see me do that.”
Except, perhaps, for her boyfriend, “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott. “When someone says something to me like, ‘How was your epidemic? He always said, “I’ve been living my best life.” “She’s a gourmet. She’s a great cook.”
Each episode of “What Am I Eating?” Which originated as “Your Food’s Roots” digital series produced by Candle Media subsidiary ATTN: For about six years, it delves into various food topics, including oils, organic fruits and vegetables, chocolate and baking. “I’m no expert,” Deschanel said. “I came to this as a mom who wanted to learn more about healthy eating for my kids.” Deschanel is the mother of a 7-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son, and her children are with her ex-husband, Jacob Pechenik.
“Every time we do something on the show, we learn something,” Deschanel said. “We don’t want to scare anyone about what they’re eating. We want to give people ideas and inspire them and do it in a fun way. This is something people can watch with their kids.”
Regarding Deschanel’s cooking, the “New Girl” star said she’s not worried about making mistakes. “Experimentation is the best part,” she said. I made a double pop over combo last week and copied it because we got a new set and the top of the range was way hotter than the middle. But it was good. I had to learn.”
Scott doesn’t mind. “He ate all the burnt food,” Deschanel said.
“I love things that are crunchy and burnt,” Scott said.
Deschanel’s dream dinner guests will include Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. However, she admitted, “I’d be really intimidated so I’d be an issue asking one of the chefs on the show to do the cooking.”
The guest list for Monday’s first dinner at Casita Hollywood (a new event space that once housed Sizzler) included food influencers, experts appearing on the show, and leaders of food nonprofits. The six-course meal, which was inspired by the various show slides, began with a dish featuring Japanese yam and shishito pepper filling, five-spice brown butter, quail eggs, scrambled avocado, and togarashi ketchup, and ended with a dessert of various desserts, including a Mexican hot chocolate. , white chocolate matcha cream bowl and cotton candy grape coulis.
Guests were also gifted bottles of extra virgin olive oil from the Flamingo Estate in Los Angeles.
“What am I eating? With Zooey Deschanel” is available to stream on Max.