Hugh Jackman: “I’ve Always Been a Foodie”

Hugh Jackman attended the “Kimchi Chronicles” launch party at the Spice House in New York last night, June 1st. “Kimchi Chronicles” is a new show that will be broadcast on PBS and showcase a variety of Korean dishes, courtesy of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Check out a new interview from the evening below, in which Hugh (and his wife, Deb) talks about his love for food even before it was trendy to be a “foodie.”

Have you noticed how many celebrities are now foodies?
Deb Jackman:
Hugh Jackman: I don’t know if it’s cool or not, or trendy or whatever, but I’ve always been a foodie. I remember when I was young, the only thing I ever dreamed of — it wasn’t cars or houses or trips — the only thing I wanted money for was to be able to walk into any restaurant I wanted and order anything off the menu, without having to worry about it. Careful what you wish for, I guess!

Where do you exercise that dream now?
Honestly, JG’s restaurants are my favorites.
Deb: I agree. I’ll take ABC Kitchen for lunch and here [Spice Market] for dinner.
Hugh: We just took my dad and brother to the French Laundry in Napa. Do you know that one? Oh my God.

Did you meet chef Keller?
He wasn’t there, but it was so sweet because he left a note. There was a card on the table … it said something like, “Thomas Keller would like to thank you so much for being here … ” Very thoughtful. Every detail there is beyond.

Is there a Jackman Family Cookbook in the future?
No, but we’re definitely into reading cookbooks. When I met Deb, it was chicken and coleslaw, that was it, that was all she could make. Now she’s amazing in there, she could have her own cookbook, she’s wonderful in the kitchen.
Deb: By osmosis, I got married and overnight, I could cook. I went from chicken and coleslaw to cordon bleu in 24 hours.
Hugh: Deb doesn’t even need recipes. Not me, I’m very mathematical about it.

Then you’d be a great baker.
Absolutely. I’m good in the morning and I love bread.