Betty Exclusive: Interview with John Cusimano
Rachael Ray’s husband discusses the way to a man’s a heart
Rachael Ray – you know her, you love her and the amazing dishes she whips up, but you might not know much about the man behind the woman. Her husband, John Cusimano, is an attorney and a rockin’ member of the band, The Cringe. Betty’s Food+Home Editor, Francine Segan, recently caught up with John to discuss what the husband of one America’s best-known chefs likes to eat, cook and more.
Francine: What’s your favorite food?
John Cusimano: My two favorite things to eat are my wife’s saffron carbonara – it’s a sentimental favorite. My first birthday with her (years ago), I had a gig with my band that didn’t end until around 11:30p.m. Rachael insisted that she cook for me, even if it meant eating a midnight supper. She asked me what I wanted to eat; a big juicy steak or lobster thermador or beef wellington … ya know, something fancy. I asked her to make me carbonara, which is pasta tossed with eggs and a little bacon. It’s a coalminer’s dish … not fancy at all. She loved that I could have anything in the world, and all I wanted was coalminer’s pasta.
My second and third favorite things to eat are whatever my wife is making for dinner … but two of my recent favorites are 1) blue rugala burgers (beef sliders with gorgonzola, caramelized balsamic/mustard onions, and arugula); and filet tips with lemon, garlic and white wine.
Francine: What should a girl cook to keep her guy happy?
John Cusimano: The fastest way to a guy’s heart is through his stomach. That being said, seeing your girl putting in the love and effort to make a homemade meal – whatever it is – would make any guy happy. The best thing to feed your boyfriend would be a dish you cook well, that you are comfortable cooking and that you can have fun with. Less stress in the kitchen equals more fun!
Francine: Does Rachel like you to cook for her? What do you cook?
John Cusimano: She loves when I cook for her. Even though she does most of the cooking in the house, I do have some tricks up my sleeve. One of her favorites is my tilapia with tomatillos, cilantro, lime and jalapenos, that is deglazed with Mexican beer. I also make a mean minestra, an Italian veggie soup.
Francine: What do you guys like to drink with dinner? Beer, wine, cocktails?
John Cusimano: We love a good red wine with dinner. I also enjoy a glass of Johnnie Walker Black.
Francine: Do you ever do a guy’s night out with your band? What do you eat?
John Cusimano: Three words … steak with men! Me and my buddies go out to a different (killer) steakhouse at least once every few months.
John Cusimano is the lead singer of New York based rock band The Cringe. The band is about to release their third album, Play Thing. John is also co-Founder of Watch Entertaimment, which he and his wife, daytime host Rachael Ray, own and operate.