Oscar-winning actresses and cookery shows aren’t a combination you see often, but Gwyneth Paltrow is about to change all that. The Shakespeare in Love star told W magazine of her plans to co-host a Spanish cooking special with celebrity chef Mario Batali. The programme, which will be filmed in October and aired on the PBS network in the USA, will take a road-trip format, as the culinary couple celebrates all nosh Spanish.
But how did this odd pairing happen? Over to Gwynie: “I told him [Mario Batali], ‘I’ll go with you.’ Later, he was like, ‘Are you joking?’ And I was like, ‘No, I’m actually not joking!’ I eat all that (Spanish) stuff. The crazy fish things, the eels, I love it all.” But not the meat, though adding: “I won’t eat that. I’ll have to skip the jamon.” What can we expect next? Julia Roberts gutting fish with Rick Stein in Cornwall or Angelina Jolie cooking sheep brains with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? The mind boggles and the stomach turns.