Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on September 30, 2008
It’s good to have goals. And Jake Gyllenhaal, who my sources say is a wannabe chef trapped in the body of an acclaimed actor, has long vowed to open a restaurant before reaching the big three-oh. And, if all goes according to plan, that goal will soon become a reality.
The 27-year-old star of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Zodiac” is in the planning stages of launching an all-natural organic eatery in Los Angeles with his childhood friend, Babbo sous chef Chris Fischer.
Jake, who has twice guested on The Food Network’s Molto Mario, is a long time foodie who as a teenager washed dishes for well known chef Marco Canora at Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York.
Gyllenhaal’s first task at hand is shopping with Fischer for a space to house the high-class restaurant. The second step (which sounds way more fun) is said to be a “cycling holiday in Tuscany” with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to brainstorm menu ideas. Which I guess would make the trip tax deductible. Nice. (If you need additional help, Jake, I love Italian food. And I’ve got a bike.)
Celebrity restaurants are nothing new. Actors like Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Richard Gere, Ashton Kutcher — even Tara Reid — have forged successful second careers as restaurateurs. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to add Jake’s name to the list.