January 19th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
Good luck talking to "Entourage" star Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos without getting hungry.
The couple are the hosts of the new Cooking Channel show "Extra Virgin," and they have a way with words that makes apparent their passion for food. That's why they agreed to let cameras into their home to film the show, which combines their love of cooking with their love of family.
"You would not be inspired if I was like in some dope kitchen with all the accouterments and everything fake," Mazar said. "When you come into our house you get a flavor for our life, our travels, our kids, our 18-year-old poodle who is like blind, deaf and incontinent but so happy."
The show began as webisodes on the Internet and became so wildly popular that the Cooking Channel came calling. The pair said they want to encourage families to cook and spend time with each other and to that end offer up their own brand of recipes.
"I always say that we 'Tuscanize' everything," Mazar said.
"I started cooking pasta, my grandmother and my mom taught me everything I know," said Corcos, who is Tuscan. "I joined the Army and ran away to South America in my twenties so from that moment on every time I encountered something that my palate liked I'd 'Tuscanize' it."
The food is simple, they say, and that's reflected in the ease in their kitchen where they are sometimes joined by their young daughters. Mazar, who met her husband in Italy, said they very rarely go out to eat, and that she has learned a great deal about healthy and flavorful dishes thanks to Corcos.
When she competed on "Dancing With the Stars," Mazar said, her husband often sent her to the set with home-cooked lunches. So who is the better chef between the two?
"My husband for sure," Mazar said. "He went to medical school for six years and I think his understanding of mathematics, science and his romanticism kind of collided together and when he thinks about food he's able to break it down in a much quicker form."
"Extra Virgin" premieres at 10 p.m. on Wednesday on the Cooking Channel.
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