MY LIFE ON A PLATE: Jonathan Roxmouth
Your earliest food memory?
Spaghetti Bolognese. I can remember my first attempt to devour a bowl without help from my mother - my first solo performance! It ended up everywhere. Thankfully, my mother had put newspaper down first to catch the Italian splatter. The floor was fine but my eyebrows were stained red for the better part of that day.
Your favourite junk food?
I have a weakness for KFC - the Boxmaster wrap reigns supreme for me. Thin-base pizza, with any spicy topping (except chicken livers) runs a close second. All bad, very bad, but all very, very nice.
The scariest food you can think of?
Anything that has a filtering function in the offal department. I can't stomach kidneys or liver. I don't care if it's a delicacy - that stuff, aside from the creepy taste, gets stuck in your teeth. It's just not attractive.
What sort of eating regime do you follow to stay fit and strong while performing?
Definitely no carbs allowed after 4pm and absolutely nothing after 10pm, which is a tough call as one is always ravenous coming offstage after a show.
If a restaurant served 'The Roxmouth Burger', what would be on it?
It would have to be a pure beef double burger with layers of avo, Danish feta and pancetta involved, and spicy potato wedges on the side. There would of course be a built-in clause for seconds.
What would you order for your last meal?
My grandmother Didi's unbeatable gnocchi parmigiana that she makes from scratch. It's outstanding; one of her unforgettable Italian dishes. Delizioso! No pre-made, tonsil-like dumplings ever come out of Didi's cucina. It's all fresh, home-made, and simply the best.
- Actor and singer Jonathan Roxmouth stars in 'Phantom of the Opera', currently at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, and at the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg from January 31. Book through Computicket.