Lance Bass is taking the food world by storm. First, he competed with his mom (cue the “awwws”) on the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules. (The pair finished in second place!) He just partnered with meal kit service Chef’d to offer Southern-style recipes inspired by the family dishes he grew up eating. And he recently hung out with celeb chef Graham Elliot, hunting down some of the best underground food spots in Los Angeles in Going Off the Menu.

While Lance always had an interest in cooking—and learned plenty of skills from his mom—he credits his “ultimate” favorite chef, Gordon Ramsay, with getting him into the kitchen on a regular basis. “Once I started watching his shows, I just really got into cooking. And it just became way more enjoyable to me because I would make my husband be the sous chef and we would pretend we were on Hell’s Kitchen and I’d get to yell at him. It’s a good date night,” Bass recently told The Feast, laughing. “So Chef Ramsay definitely helped me bond with my husband.”

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