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Antoni Porowski says he wouldn’t call himself a chef, but a home cook who enjoys helping other people get better in the kitchen.
Porowski, best known as the food expert on the hit Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye,” opened up about his cooking journey, and how he classifies himself in the culinary world, while promoting his partnership with food subscription-box service HelloFresh.
“I know — and there’s no judgment here — that a lot of food personalities who haven’t gone to culinary school refer to themselves as chefs,” Porowski said. “And I think that’s totally fine.”
“I feel more comfortable referring to myself as a home cook,” he added.
He told Insider that, while he might not have gone to culinary school, he’s worked in restaurants and in the food business “for a really long time” in various roles like busboy, waiter, and manager.
“I think at the beginning of my career, I was definitely a lot more self-conscious about it,” Porowski continued. “But I just kind of try to stay in my lane and help other people.”
Some “Queer Eye” viewers, and even the media, questioned the depth of Porowski’s cooking skills when the show first premiered, arguing that the food he makes on the show “is weirdly ordinary” (as one Junkee investigation put it) and that his food-related Instagram posts are more often about fancy assembly than actual recipes.
But Porowski now makes clear that his main goal in the kitchen is not to come off like a professional chef but to cook food that his loved ones, like his boyfriend and his dog, Neon, will enjoy eating — though he noted that Neon would never complain about his cooking either way.
“She would eat a slipper if she were left to her own devices,” Porowski joked.
Porowski also shared his tricks for his favorite easy breakfast dish: creamy scrambled eggs
Porowski is determined to make the proverbial “most important meal of the day” also the most delicious meal of the day, adding that he’s eaten the same thing — eggs with “a lot of parmesan, egg yolks, and heavy cream” — for breakfast for most of his life.
“But when you’re 37 and you learn about words like cholesterol, you try to be a little more mindful,” he said. “I kind of started wondering how come in Europe — you know, back when we used to travel — how come the scrambled eggs are always so creamy and so delicious?”
“I was always convinced [the trick] was butter,” Porowski added. “But it’s actually just adding a little bit of water to your eggs before you whisk them up.”
He explained that putting this egg-and-water mixture over low heat for about a minute will give you “really nice and creamy” eggs without having to add any cheese, cream, or butter.
Porowski is back as the resident ‘Queer Eye’ food expert this season
Porowski is bringing his favorite home-cook recipes to the set once again for season six of “Queer Eye,” which is currently back to filming in Austin, Texas, after a long COVID-induced hiatus that started in March 2020, when they’d completed filming only the first episode.
Let’s try this again y’all! 💫 We’re SO EXCITED to step our cowboy boots back in Austin to film Queer Eye: Texas! 🌵 Can’t wait to bring more smiles (and tears) to your faces! 🌈💖✨ pic.twitter.com/f7rQihiYcV
— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) April 23, 2021
Porowski said he especially missed sharing a trailer with his four costars, even when they argue about things like temperature control (“it’s always too hot for Bobby and it’s always too cold for Karamo”).
“We have no personal boundaries,” he said about the group. “It’s like we’ve all known each other since we were five.”
“The fact that we’ve been able to do that and we still haven’t fought to have our own trailers is a testament to how much we love each other,” Porowski added.