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A taste for life: Love Island winner Greg O'Shea reveals the best and worst meals he has ever eaten

The reality TV star and rugby player talks about his passion for pizza - and a night in Dubai when his pals played tricks with his steak


Greg O'Shea

Greg O'Shea

Greg O'Shea

What was your favourite childhood meal?

Boiled eggs and toast, with the toast cut into soldiers.

What is the meal you will always remember?

My nana's chicken curry.

What was your defining food experience?

A food tour I did in Rome. I was able to try local restaurants with the most amazing food. Everything from cheeses and wines to freshly made pasta and pizza. It made me really appreciate good Italian food.

What's the first dish you ever cooked?

Spaghetti Bolognese.

What is your hangover cure?

I don't have a go-to food, just lots and lots of water!

What do you drink?

I love a glass of cold milk.

If you could only eat three things for the rest of your life what would they be?

Pizza, pizza and more pizza!

How important is food to you?

Food is vital for my body to get the most out of my training, but I also love to experience different food cultures.

You can go anywhere and have anything to eat with any one person. Where, what and who?

Tacos in Mexico with my best mate.

What's always in your kitchen?

Cartons of milk.

What is your sweet treat?

Oreo cheesecake. It's the way to my heart.

What do you refuse to eat?

Anything from the sea, it's just not for me!

Are you careful about what you eat?

Yes, I have to be fairly careful about food because of my sport but, regardless, I like to live a somewhat healthy and balanced lifestyle.

What is your signature dish?

Mexican fajitas.

Are there any foods that you have to cut down on or cut out that you miss?

Luckily no, I naturally have quite a fast metabolism so I get away with eating most foods in whatever quantities I want. Fingers crossed it stays that way for a long time.

What is your favourite restaurant in Ireland?

Tuscany Bistro in Limerick

And abroad?

Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai. I went with my two teammates when we were playing in the World Rugby Sevens Series. The two lads convinced me to get the 'gold' steak that costs about €300, but they went for the normal, cheaper option. When I went to the bathroom, they changed their order to the same as me, but thought it would be funny to not inform me, so when three steaks arrived to the table that looked the exact same, you can imagine the shock on my face, thinking how much more I was paying than them! Great laughs, great food, great night!

What was your worst meal ever?

A fish platter.

Perfect family dinner?

A Sunday roast with all the trimmings!

Greg O'Shea is ambassador for the 'Everything Starts with Milk' campaign, a European Milk Forum campaign focused on encouraging Irish consumers to drink more milk, activated locally by the National Dairy Council

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