No secrets, here: Alfonso Ribeiro likes to snack. But back when the 43-year-old actor was on shows like Silver Spoons and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air he didn’t get the opportunity like he does these days as the host of Cooking Channel’s Unwrapped 2.0.
To give you some idea: The last episode saw Ribeiro, who won last season’s Dancing with the Stars, figure how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
You don’t have a reputation as a foodie, per se. How did you get involved with this show?
I was approached by the producers back in June of last year and I thought it would be really fun to be a part of. I hadn’t even seen the first Unwrapped [on Food Network].
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Let’s get real: How entertaining is this job?
This job is actually really fun because I get to learn about how treats are made — some of my favorites and ones I’d never heard of before. But understanding the process to me is really cool.
When it comes to your sweet tooth, what is your favorite indulgence?
It would have to be peanut M&M’s.
What is something you’d never be caught eating?
How often do you cook at home?
My wife [writer, Angela Unkrich, who is expecting the couple’s second child] is an amazing cook, so I’m lucky enough to have her cook for me. But every once in a while, I will treat her to a wonderful breakfast in bed, the only meal I’m good at.
How are you staying in shape after winning “DWTS?”
I just came home from being on the road with the Dancing with the Stars Live! tour and it was extra hard to eat healthy with catering and restaurants. But I danced every night so that helped.
How do you look back on the the ballroom and what advice would you have for future contestants?
It was truly one of the most difficult, fun, inspiring experiences I’ve ever had. I will never forget the journey. My advice would be to try to understand how you learn choreography and be able to express that to your pro. Also remember, it’s a marathon not a race. You have to have energy for the last few weeks.
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