MTV co-host used bread for flinging as a youngster

Diane Salema, co-host of MTV Live, admits she can’t cook — but she’s learning.


While working as a salesperson at HMV a chance meeting changed her life: She was asked to audition for a job at MTV. Diane Salema, current co-host of MTV?Live and former lead singer for a heavy metal band, spends her time off reading, writing and playing guitar.

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

A: My brother and sister and I had a bad habit of spreading things on sliced bread and flinging the bread onto the ceiling. We wanted to see which one would stick the best. When we figured out which one it was, we’d do it again and leave it up there to see how long it would stay before any one noticed. The results: Peanut butter stuck on the ceiling for two weeks.

Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: Turkey in the oven is definitely No. 1. It reminds me of Christmas morning when my mom would be in the kitchen getting supper ready. The whole family would be there tearing open presents.

Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: I wouldn’t necessarily call it cooking but I love buying the Old El Paso kit and whipping that stuff up. I can’t cook but I’m learning.

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

A: The first meal I tried to prepare actually turned out. It was chicken Alfredo pasta. I was pretty impressed with myself because the pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce was easy because it came in a jar. The chicken was a bit too dry for my liking.

Marcy Cornblum is a freelance journalist. She began her career in radio. After 25 years of celebrity-filled adventures, she is using her experiences to enlighten others in understanding the media.

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