New Kids on the Block founding member Donnie Wahlberg dropped by to visit with Rachael Ray for her show and dished on his cooking skills (or lack thereof), his new restaurant, and parenting.
On the key to cooking:
“This is the key to cooking. It’s the low flame, it’s the gentle twist. A lot of guys, we get in the kitchen and we turn the flame up real high, we burn the food you know we’re very rough..”
On what he is known for cooking:
“I’m known for cooking toast, cereal, and microwave popcorn. That’s it. I have no cooking skills.”
On garlic breath:
“I actually like garlic breath, for the record. It’s sexy.”
On his new restaurant Wahlberg’s:
“And the beauty is, the name, it came out in the press a few weeks ago and it because a huge story, but it’s, the beauty of it all is that it’s Paul is, he’s a legitimate chef. You know, it’s like he’s, we even didn’t want to name it that partially because his cooking, it’s just amazing. And he’s done everything, he’s earned everything on his own. He was in cooking school when we were all little kids. And we all, Mark and I especially, looked up to Paul but the Wahlburger’s is really coming from Paul’s love of food and wanting to just make a great hamburger joint in his town of Hingham.”
On playing good cop/bad cop with his kids:
“Well, their mom is still a cop. And we’re still very good friends, and we do trade off roles. I sometimes am good cop. If she’s being the bad cop, I’m the good cop. And if I’m being a bad cop, she’s the good cop. And it’s, it’s amazing how well, you know, we still do work together as parents. And we always pick up the slack for each other. And, you know, and it’s one of the great things about, about being a parent is learning. It’s sometimes, if I lose patience with other things, you know, my kids are driving me up a wall, it’s, sometimes it’s nice to have their mom there to say ‘hey, you know, try this, instead of that.’ She’s a great woman and, and my kids are happy as can be and we have a great relationship.”
On playing cop off the set of ‘Blue Bloods’:
“There’s a certain rule on sets that you’re not supposed to…If you’re playing a cop, especially in New York City, you’re not supposed to act like a cop. But I do find myself directing traffic and yelling at people. But it’s New York!”
You can see Donnie on ‘The Rachael Ray Show,’ tomorrow, on September 22. Check your local listings for times.
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