Belgian male super model Cesar Casier was one of the first people we interviewed on I Love Belgium. Back than we knew he wasn't just a pretty face. This boy had ambition. And bucket list full of exciting projects! People who follow his blog will know he's quite the cook. His healthy recipes were a big hit and one day he asked his readers: to cook book or not to cook book. A smart Belgian publisher contacted Cesar and that was the beginning of his cook book adventure. After gathering all the recipes, fashionable food photography and brainstorms with his fellow models, Model Kitchen was born.
It' not only a cook book with healthy recipes. It's a culinary lifestyle guide with Cesar's favourite restaurants in New York, Milan and Paris and other hotspots in fashionable cities. I Love Belgium went to the star studded book launch had a quick interview withe Belgian beau. Chic c'est la vie!
ILB - On your blog and in your book we can only find healthy recipes but do you also have food sins? Are there certain dishes you won't write about which you absolutely love?
Absolutely! I love macaroni and cheese. But I'm not really into super fatty foods if you mean that. I'll never go fast food places.
ILB - Do you have a favourite cuisine?
I love Japanese, sushi particularly. But my absolute favourite cusine is French cuisine because it's so diverse.
ILB - You have been living in New York for four years now. I suppose it's sometimes difficult in your busy life to eat healthy? We suppose New York also has a lot of food pitfalls?
New York is a city of extremes and I suppose the USA is like that. You can eat very healthy but you can also eat very bad. You can find fastfood places everywhere and everybody delivers. Since I love to eat healthy and since I'm surrounded by my friends who eat healthy, I have absolutely no problem finding healthy food.
ILB - Writing a book was on your bucket list, what else is on there? Are you currently working on something else on that list?
Well, I always wanted to go to Sydney which I did so I can cross that of my list. I really would like have a club hit, maybe I should contact Regi (fyi - a famous Belgian dj who's famous for asking people to put their hands in the air).
ILB - What's your favourite recipe from Model Kitchen?
Lemon chicken without any doubt! It's super light and super tasty. I have to admit it's my niece's recipe, ever since she gave me the recipe I've been preparing it for me and my friends.
ILB - Since you already answered our famous last question (Why do you love Belgium), we'll ask you this time which Belgian restaurants you love. Spill the beans!
Tanuki in Bruges, my favourite Japanese in Belgium, VOLTA in Ghent for a celebration since it's more expensive or Marco Polo in Ghent with friends.
ILB - Thanks for this tasty talk, can't wait for the club hit!
The Cesar Salad
For the salad:
-2 chicken filets
-1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
-1 slice of whole-grain bread, toasted
-salt and pepper
For the Caesar dressing:
-2 egg yolks
-5 anchovy filets, packed in oil
-1 clove of garlic
-1 teaspoon mustard
-salt and pepper
Wash and shred the lettuce. In the meantime, bring some water to a boil in a small saucepan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it on a baking sheet in the oven. When the water boils, cook the eggs until they are hard-boiled (8 to 10 minutes). Peel the pear and cut into slices. Also lay the pear slices on the baking sheet and broil, but for no more than 20 seconds. Arrange the lettuce in the center of the plate. Peel and quarter the hard-boiled egg and place on top. When the chicken is ready, cut it into pieces and cut the toast into small squares. Add to the salad. Finally, top the salad with the grilled pear slices and thinly sliced radish. Serve with Caesar dressing on the side.