Los Angeles Times - - PERSONALITY -

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

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