A founding member of seminal hip-hop act Run D.M.C., Rev Run (Joseph Simmons) is also a minister who spreads the good news—and good food—on Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers , airing Sunday nights on Cooking Channel.
What led you to make Sunday dinner such an important part of your week? “[Our kids are] out of the house. I felt a little lonely. I thought, ‘If I can just get them one day a week…’ So I said, ‘Everybody come over for Sunday dinner.’”
Why televise it? “That’s my job. I’m here to inspire. First as Run-D.M.C. and now as somebody who inspires families to be together and have a good time—to slow down and see what’s important. I enjoy being a husband and a dad, and I enjoy letting people watch.”
Do you do much of the cooking? “Cooking brings me close to Justine, my wife. I will take on a project and, if I get stuck, I can call her in for help.”
What’s your favorite meal? “Pizza is my favorite meal, but I can’t have it often. I’m watching my calories, so I love to get into the kitchen and pull together things that are tasty but not full of extra sodium and calories.”
What role does music play in your life now? “RunD.M.C. has done several concerts recently. Additionally, I do a lot of DJ’ing. I am a resident DJ at Borgata in Atlantic City. I enjoy being on the turntables with my partner in crime, DJ Ruckus.”
Rev Run with wife Justine