Wednesday Blogging Challenge: My Celebrity Crushes

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It’s time again for the Long and the Short Reviews Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge.

Week five brings another cool topic

My Celebrity Crushes

Like for most of the world, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is a maaaaajor crush for me. That man… sigh. So, so beautiful.

But here’s one out of left field. I’ve had a crush for years on celebrity chef Rick Stein. I have most of his cookbooks and have eaten at his famous seafood restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall and if I don’t get to Bannisters Port Stephens this year there is going to be trouble in the Hein house.

Me at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow

Me at Rick’s Seafood Restaurant in Cornwall. It’s England, so naturally it was raining the night we went.

I also embarrassed myself badly when I met him in person at a cooking demonstration.

This was back in the 2000s, before Rick decided to spend half his life in Australia. I’d learned he would be hosting a cooking demonstration in Port Melbourne at the Essential Ingredient to promote his new book Seafood Odyssey.

At the time I was living in Newcastle, a thousand kilometres away, but no way was I missing this. I resolved to drive down for the demo and conned my Melbourne based girlfriend Carol into coming along.

It was fabulous! I still remember the dishes he cooked and how chuffed I was when he was discussing substitute fish species for Murray cod and mentioned mahi-mahi but couldn’t remember its other name. Me, having been on a recent fish-cooking frenzy, remembered it was also called dolphin fish and called the name out, earning me a small accolade from Rick. Oh, the flushy-niceness that caused!

Then came the booksigning.

I was so excited that when it came to my turn in line and Rick asked me my name all I could do was giggle. Not a proper giggle, but one of those dopey teenage nerr-hee sounding things that makes you want to smack some sense into the giggler.

It was appalling. Anyone would think I was in the presence of Chris Hemsworth dressed as Thor instead of a celebrity chef. A very nice and erudite celebrity chef, I must say, but still.

Eventually I pulled myself together and told him my name and how to spell it, while Carol stood on the sidelines damn-near wetting her pants laughing at me.

Me with my personally signed Seafood Odyssey

With my precious signed copy of Seafood Odyssey.

Not my finest hour, but pfft! I got to meet Rick and that copy of Seafood Odyssey is one of my most treasured books.

Okay, so I’ve embarrassed myself revealing my celebrity crush. Who’s yours? Come on, we’re all friends here. Share away!

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37 thoughts on “Wednesday Blogging Challenge: My Celebrity Crushes

  1. AvatarKath

    I have 2, both from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show. John Schneider who played Bo Duke and Sonny Shroyer who played Deputy Enos. Got to love a good ole boy and a man in uniform

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That is so cool! I loved that show when I was growing up. Made me laugh and it always seemed like they were having a blast. Thanks for sharing Kath!

  2. AvatarJoanne Tracey

    Rick is one of my celebrity crushes too. I’ve eaten at Bannisters in Mollymook and the Risk Stein bistro in Padstein…sorry Padstow. I have all his cookbooks & just one autographed one – the Indian one. Yep, I think if we were to ever meet we’d absolutely be besties.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh YAY!!!!!!! Joanne, you are a woman of fine taste! Very jealous of you having been to the Mollymook Bannisters. That’s on our bucket list too, but with the Port Stephens one just up the road we’ll be going there first. At least, we’d better be or there will be T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

  3. AvatarMary Morgan

    How wonderful you had a chance to meet Rick Stein. And you should have seen me when I met the actor Graham McTavish, hahaha!

  4. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Oh, that story made me laugh! It’s rather lovely. I’m glad he was nice. This will make you laugh – when I was in Scotland in 2004, he’d just done a tour of Britain checking out fish restaurants and every single place I ate with his imprimatur was ABSOLUTELY AWFUL!!! I kid you not. They’d all clearly decided now Rick liked them, they didn’t have to try anymore. Here’s a surprising celebrity crush for you – I have a major crush on Christopher Lawrence you used to do the ABC classic breakfast show. A friend of mine introduced me to him – turned out he often had a late breakfast in the cafe at the base of the building where I worked which was near the ABC studios in Ultimo. All I could do was giggle and nod. So much nodding, he actually started nodding back in sympathy so we both looked like spring-neck dog toys by the time I left. I made a complete fool of myself and scuttled to avoid him ever thereafter! And I was in my 30s at the time!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That is so funny about the Rick recommended restaurants. His mark of favour clearly went to their heads, I bet prices went skyward too.
      LOVED your Christopher Lawrence crush story. The spring-neck dog image is fabulous. Although I bet he thought you were charming and gorgeous. This is what I tell myself about Rick.

  5. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    What a great and funny story, Cathryn. I’m not familiar with Rick Stein, might have to Google him.

    My first ever crush came when I was 11 years old, my dad called me into the lounge room to check out a movie he was watching and from that moment on I fell in love with Elvis Presley. He was and still is the biggest crush I’ve ever had.

    I also have a major crush on John Williamson – have seen at least 15 of his shows, I started liking him in my early 20s.

    My other crushes are: Roger Moore – best James Bond ever! And I couldn’t get enough of watching him in The Saint and The Persuaders.

    Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Jackman, Mark Harmon, Shemar Moore, Pierce Brosnan, John Farnham, David Hughes

    And huge huge crush on these guys: Tim Allen…drool drool, such a funny man. Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim both star in Hawaii Five – gosh they’re so cute and amazing actors. AND Donald Trump, yep…love that man!

    I have a teensy tiny crush on three woman – they are so adorable and just cool – Catriona Rowntree, Sandra Sully and Kaley Cuoco, actually I’ve watched Big Bang Theory three times over so far, every time I finish watching the last season I start the series all over again just so I can watch Penny (and Leonard) LOL.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Rick Stein’s new series Secret France started on Fox Food last night, Sue. I can’t wait to watch!!! And buy the cookbook. That goes without saying. I can’t have a gap in my Rick collection.
      You are not alone with your Elvis crush. He was soooooo gorgeous, and that croon! Totally sighworthy. I loved Roger Moore’s Bond too. I still remember going to see Moonraker at the cinema and being in awe of him. Although I’m very, very partial to Daniel Craig’s Bond. So sexy, but I’m a sucker for blue eyes.
      Girl crushes are cool. I’ve had one since childhood on Kate Bush. She’s amaaaazing.

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