Celebrity chef Kate McAloon has cooked for Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Steven Spielberg, but it was a happy accident that landed her a career breaking bread with Hollywood’s biggest names.
“It was 2005 and I was in Hawaii, when someone came running out of this office saying, ‘We have these people who need to be fed for the next three weeks,’” McAloon told News.com.au.
Those “people” were “Parks and Recreation” stars Nick Offerman and his wife Megan Mullally, who plays the iconic Karen on “Will and Grace.”
“Their chef was leaving and they knew I was a chef too, so I cooked for them. They recommended me to Courteney Cox and then everybody else kept calling,” McAloon said.
McAloon, 59, became a regular at the Malibu home Cox shared with her then-husband David Arquette. She was their personal chef for four years.
“They used to have lots of people over every Sunday. Sometimes it could be 15 people, sometimes it was 50,” McAloon said.
“Whatever the number, she always lobbed it at me and I said ‘No problems.’”
“There was the one time I grabbed the olive oil instead of the tequila to put in Courtney’s margaritas, but otherwise things were pretty good,” she joked.
McAloon puts her successful career down to the fact that her food “tastes good and is healthy.”
She is calm under pressure when plans change at the last minute and has no issues catering for any demanding celebrity diets.
“If you want to eat the lawn, that’s OK, as long as I know ahead of time,” she said.
Here she spills the beans on what it was like cooking for her biggest A-list clients.
“Miranda’s great. She walks the talk … she really does eat like she says she does,” McAloon said.
“I met Miranda when she was with Orlando [Bloom]. They both love my curries, light chicken or vegetarian curries with coconut, as well as quinoa, salmon, and vegetables. I do a chicken salad with a lot of fresh herbs and chia puddings for breakfast.”
“She tries not to eat anything with chemicals, no rice, just the lower GI carbs. But she has the 80/20 rule that she sticks to … so eating healthily 80 percent of the time and having a treat the other 20 percent.”
“When I first started cooking for Gwyneth and Chris Martin [the pair were married for 10 years but ‘consciously uncoupled’ in 2014], it was when she was doing…