In a new interview, Queer Eye food guru Antoni Porowski talks about his burgeoning food empire, the whole avocado thing, and his “ pathological need for everybody to love” him. You know, just some light conversation.
Speaking about the love for guacamole that spawned a meme, Porowski told Fast Company that “the biggest lesson from that was that it’s actually physically impossible for everybody to love me and that’s been the best thing, because when you have so many more eyes on you there are going to be so many more opinions.”
Porowski also explained that after the taunting about his culinary qualifications, he asked Queer Eye’s producers to make the recipes he shared with the makeover subjects more elaborate, but eventually realized the show wasn’t about him but about “what the hero needs.”
Porowski also offered a look inside his healthy, fast-casual New York eatery The Village Den. “I had no knowledge going in so it kind of feels like the wild wild west for me,” he said of being a restaurateur. “It’s hard. It’s because I want to be in control of every component. So I think it’s asking a shit-ton of questions. Not acting like I know everything. And being able to say, ‘I need help. I need to figure this out.’ It’s relinquishing whenever I can and also knowing my opinion. It’s a tricky balancing act. I feel like I’m still figuring it out as I go.”
The avocado advocate and Instagram thirst trap released his first cookbook this week, Antoni in the Kitchen, and told Fast Company that the cooking is “very personal. … You get to look back on your life through food.”
Watch the full interview below.