Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson

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When I first started cooking for Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, I had no idea who he was. DJ’s Florida chef was trying to find someone in LA to cook for him. He discreetly asked me typical interview questions for his “celebrity client,” and then told me who the client was. I said, “I’m sure I’m supposed to know who that is, but I don’t.”

DJ’s first order was Teriyaki Chicken. His meals were never too exotic. His diet varied over the 10 years I cooked for him, but the portion size always remained large, with 5 or 6 meals a day, sometimes more. Lots of burgers, chicken, eggs, rice, and crispy roasted potatoes.

The hardest things to cook were the cheat meals. Since California Chef specialized in healthy meals, even to gain weight, I had to get into a totally different mindset for real peanut butter chocolate brownies, gooey s’mores, cookies, pancakes, and French toast. I think we got it right. 😊

Holy shit the cheat meals were amazing! We'll dial them in for this weekend.
Thinking French toast, cookies and brownies again. And maybe some other goodies.
Wow. Amazing.
Thanks again and Happy New Year to you and the team!
— Dwayne & Lauren

I had a blast cooking for DJ, Lauren, and sometimes the family, and watching DJ become one of the biggest celebrities of his time. I laughed many times at his humor, and he was always appreciative and thankful, even referring Carla Gugino, Jason Statham, and others to us. Here’s one of my favorite email snippets:

Hey D, yeah Jason's all over the map at times. He better get you guys to start cooking for him or I'll kick his ass back to England;).

I missed DJ when he moved back to Florida, but always welcomed his return when he was in town for an event or filming.