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Smell of ragu brings back memories for comedian

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John Catucci can’t live without his take-out menus






John Catucci stars in The Comedy Network series Punched Up, which airs Wednesdays. The Toronto native is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and is half the musical-comedy duo, The Doo Wops. He is also a founding member of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and an alumnus of the Second City Touring Company





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



A: Helping my family prepare our big Christmas Eve feast. We serve every type of seafood you can imagine. And when I say, “Help,” I mean just watching from the living room with my cousins.





Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?



A: The smell of my dad’s ragu slow-cooking on a Sunday morning.





Q: Who is your favourite cook?



A: My mom is going to be angry with me, but I have to say my dad. He has the ability to prepare a five-course meal in 20 minutes. However, he has the inability to clean up any of the mess he’s made.





Q: Do you use cookbooks?



A: Cookbooks? Cookbooks are for chumps! Cookbooks are for people who are afraid to open their fridge and experiment a little. So, yes ... I use them frequently.





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



A: After the fire department left, it turned out to be a lovely meal.





Q: What kitchen gadget can you not live without?



A: My collection of take-out menus.





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



A: Ohh ... yelling at people for not finishing their meal.John Catucci stars in The Comedy Network series Punched Up, which airs Wednesdays. The Toronto native is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and is half the musical-comedy duo, The Doo Wops. He is also a founding member of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and an alumnus of the Second City Touring Company





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



A: Helping my family prepare our big Christmas Eve feast. We serve every type of seafood you can imagine. And when I say, “Help,” I mean just watching from the living room with my cousins.





Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?



A: The smell of my dad’s ragu slow-cooking on a Sunday morning.





Q: Who is your favourite cook?



A: My mom is going to be angry with me, but I have to say my dad. He has the ability to prepare a five-course meal in 20 minutes. However, he has the inability to clean up any of the mess he’s made.





Q: Do you use cookbooks?



A: Cookbooks? Cookbooks are for chumps! Cookbooks are for people who are afraid to open their fridge and experiment a little. So, yes ... I use them frequently.





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



A: After the fire department left, it turned out to be a lovely meal.





Q: What kitchen gadget can you not live without?



A: My collection of take-out menus.





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



A: Ohh ... yelling at people for not finishing their meal.



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