Noodle kugel puts comedian in aroma heaven



Comedian and actor Richard Lewis says his favourite dish to cook is hot dogs and beans with his secret sauce.


Richard Lewis is a comedian and actor. For his recurring guest star role on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm he was nominated for a SAG award. In 2000 Lewis added author to his credits with his highly acclaimed autobiographical, The OTHER Great Depression. Comedy Central has recognized Lewis as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time.

He was charted on GQ Magazine’s list of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Humourists.

He may hold title to having the most late night appearances, chalking up well over 100 appearances with Dave, Jay, Conan, Jon and Bill Maher. He was recently in Toronto appearing at the Just for Laughs Festival.

Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?

A: Eating the bottom of the pot of the chocolate pudding on the stove when no one was watching.

Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: My father was a great kosher caterer and he brought back most of the food from his commissary. My mother just had to heat it and when it was in the oven, and when the noodle kugel (pudding) was done, I was in aroma heaven.

Q: Who is your favourite cook?

A: Any woman I was dating.

Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: I make great hot dogs and beans with a secret sauce. It’s the only dish I cook!

Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?

A: I have no idea. It was probably before I got sober.

Q: What kitchen gadget can you not live without?

A: I only go to restaurants. I can’t live without any of them!

Q: What traditions from your heritage involving food do you partake in?

A: When my spirituality and guilt gets the best of me, the traditional Passover Seder.