Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal recently spiced things up on the ABC foodie and talk show "The Chew" and even got a hug from Mario Batali.
The 31-year-old actor, sporting a full dark beard and mustache, participated in a cooking segment with Mario Batali, who was making three pasta dishes - Spaghetti all'Amatriciana, Spaghetti all'Arrabbiata and Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe - during an episode that aired on Thursday, October 25. Gyllenhaal sliced an onion and was then asked to put some dried chili pepper flakes into one of his bowls.
"It depends on who's eating - do you like it hot?" he asked the mostly female audience, before dumping in a large amount of the flakes.
Batali asked Gyllenhaal what is his "go-to, home-style cooking delicious dish that guarantees success" that he would prepare if he wanted to impress someone.
"I think it all depends on what's fresh and what's local and what's being grown in the season," the actor said. "I think it's about what's fresh and what's, in my opinion, is usually the best thing is what's-"
Batali then cut him off and hugged him, saying: "How could you love this dude any more?"
He called him "a brilliant actor" and "a genius cook" and praised Gyllenhaal for "philosophically thinking about what's going on in the planet."
Gyllenhaal took the opportunity to mention his charity work with the group Edible Schoolyard, a Berkeley-California based group that advocates teaching kids how to choose and grow healthy food and promotes the idea of giving students free, nutritious and organic lunches at school.
Gyllenhaal also talked about his latest project - his off-Broadway debut. The actor, known for movies such as "Donnie Darko" and "Brokeback Mountain," stars in the play "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" at the Roundabout Theatre, which opened officially last month.
He plays "a heartbroken drifter with the mouth of a sailor" and the estranged uncle of the main star - a high school girl who has been bullied about her weight, according to the official website.
"I love it. It's fantastic," he said about the play. "We run until December 23rd. It's a very special show with wonderful actors and I'm thrilled to be part of it."
Gyllenhaal had also appeared on Batali's Food Network cooking show, "Molto Mario," in 2003.
Check out recipes for the dishes Mario Batali cooked with the help of Jake Gyllenhaal on "The Chew" on the ABC show's official website.