|Born||Parvesh Singh Cheena
July 22, 1979
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
I'm kind of fascinated by Paula Deen. I've been to her restaurant, The Lady and Sons, in Savannah. My friend was studying in the area, and we ate at her restaurant, and it was right at the cusp where Paula Deen became Paula Deen.
In the states we all have this idea, everyone who wants to be the next best singer, next best dancer. Those same wants and desires are in India, too.
My big downfall is deep-dish pizza from Chicago. That is why I can't go vegan – I can't give up cheese. I can't give up dairy.
When my family did shy away from Indian food, we'd eat a lot of Chinese. We'd use the wok a lot. I never had a problem with Brussels sprouts or broccoli growing up. I always grew up with the mentality of finishing your plate.
When you have the first show set in India on American television, there's gonna be a Nervous Nellie kind of vibe.
If 'Married With Children' hadn't come out when it did, would we really be looking at 'Roseanne,' 'The Middle,' and 'Raising Hope' and being, like, 'Look at how stereotypical they are to lower-income white people!'
I was afraid of Korean food when I moved to L.A., let alone sushi. I remember thinking either sink or swim. Living here in Studio City, Ventura Blvd. is the Mecca of sushi restaurants. What you thought was so exotic is just run of the mill.
You have to tease your family. You tease the ones that you're closest to.