When Abhay Deol walks into the set, he will charm you with his sense of humour, apart from the deeply set dimples and preppy style. He is leaner than he appears on screen and definitely more charismatic. And, most noticeably, no one will ever guess that he is 40!
The actor was eating his heart out, with perfect manners, at Zarine Khan’s newest cooking show – Spices and Secrets. Abhay has grown up around ‘Zarine aunty’, as he fondly calls her, and food has always been the highlight in her company. He would look forward to her lunches and most of all, her signature chicken biryani.
Before he rushed from the set for a meeting, like most celebrities, we caught up with him for a quick chat on all things food.
Fabulous at Forty
“I am pretty healthy and thanks to my nutritionist, my diet is on track. For me the concept of dieting is – Eat healthy and eat according to the activities in your day,” shares the actor.
He confesses that fad diets are not his thing but he is conscious of his calorie intake – “My nutritionist charted out a detailed food plan for me after analysing my BMI count, fat percentage, height and weight. According to her, my body needs 1900 calories a day.”
Abhay has eggs for breakfast every single day and it is part of his routine. His meals are packed with protein. The disciplinarian sticks to grilled meats and salads when he is shooting.
Once in a while, he likes to don the chef’s hat and credits his sister for teaching him to cook when he was a student. Although he had help, he would sometimes cook with his roommate when he was in college in LA.
So, what was the last thing he cooked? Grilled chicken, of course! No prizes for guessing this one.
Yes, those exist even for Abhay Deol! The actor indulges himself on Sundays and gives in to his sweet tooth. Mithais don’t soothe his sugar cravings, but he absolutely loves dark chocolate, cakes, cupcakes and pastries.
His earliest memory of savouring a dessert is that of his mother’s perfectly light and delicious crème brûlée.
The actor prefers to dine-out at five-stars, travels extensively and has recently completed an art course. “I love experiencing food from different places. While travelling, I often find myself looking for Japanese and Italian food.”