When it comes to meal time, the question for a celebrity isn’t, “What’s cooking?” but rather, “Who’s cooking?” Even though they have the best restaurants at their disposable, dining out seven nights a week gets really old, really fast. The solution: Personal chefs, so they can enjoy a home-cooked meal anytime they like. (As in, cooked in their home, by someone else.) Bonus points for a paparazzi-free dining room.
Here are a few fit celebrities that get a little help where it counts—in the kitchen.
Jennifer relies on not one, but two chefs to whip up healthy meals at her LA mansion. Sisters Jewel and Jill put together fresh, simple and elegant meals for Jennifer, and also cater her frequent parties. They gave Oprah.com a list of tips to keep on track; washing the lettuce and veggies as soon as you get home from the supermarket (oh, the perks of having a second—and third—set of hands) and focusing on eating whole foods rather than weight.
Gwyneth prides herself on her prowess with a Le Creuset, so it’s no surprise she doesn’t have a chef, but rather a “culinary assistant.” Julia Turshen works very closely with Gwyneth to develop recipes for her cookbooks and lifestyle website, Goop. From classic roast chicken to the elimination diet-friendly scallion-mint pesto, Turshen works on recipes that not only satisfy Gwyneth’s highbrow taste, but can also be translated to workable recipes for a broader audience. Gwyneth comes under some criticism after the New York Times inferred that Turshen was a ghostwriter on Gwyneth’s first cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. Perhaps coincidentally, Turshen received a co-author byline on Paltrow’s second cookbook, It’s All Good.
You can’t be as disciplined as Madonna without a team of gurus, sherpas and masters to guide you. The Queen of Pop is obviously dedicated to intense fitness and her diet is no joke (she appeared on Letterman in 2009 and, when Dave took her outside for a slice of pizza, she said it was the first time she had ever indulged in a New York slice.) Wheat, meat, caffeine, sugar and dairy are a no-go, while seaweed, miso and seasonal vegetables are favoured. Her former personal chef, Mayumi Nishimura, has written a cookbook (with a glowing foreword penned by the Material Girl) that focuses on the daunting idea of macrobiotic foods, putting together recipes that can be made in a kitchen that doesn’t use Grammy awards as napkin weights.
Maria Tallarico is a writer and editor with several years experience in the lifestyle realm, covering everything from luxury travel to pop culture for both print and digital publications including Forbes, LaineyGossip.com and VitaminDaily.com, as well as appearing regularly as an on-air entertainment contributor for CTV Morning Live. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two boys and grumpy Scottish Terrier.