Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Columnist - with YO­TAM OT­TOLENGHI

As an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned, award­win­ning chef, is any­one will­ing to cook for you? We’d defi­nitely be too nervous. Peo­ple think I’ll judge their food, but I’m not pre­cious – and a very po­lite guest.

If there was one food­stuff you could erad­i­cate from all kitchens, it would be… Chia seeds! I’m not a fan of the tex­ture and they have zero flavour.

You re­cently made your son a Lego birth­day cake. Were

you up all night ic­ing it while drink­ing whisky from the bot­tle? It was a night­mare. The bricks wouldn’t come out of the moulds, the Lego-shaped can­dles never ar­rived… I was on my hands and knees at 2am try­ing to get it fin­ished.

Do your chil­dren ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that they get to eat Ot­tolenghi ev­ery night, or are they as fussy as all un­der-eights? My chil­dren won’t touch any­thing that looks too soft or has an un­fa­mil­iar tex­ture.

My hus­band Karl does most of the cook­ing… and they defi­nitely pre­fer his creations.

Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi ap­pears in MasterChef Aus­tralia’s Le­gends Week, 7.30pm Sun­day to Thurs­day, on Net­work 10.

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