Molly Sims is without a doubt one of the world’s most iconic super models. She holds the record for wearing the most expensive swimsuit Sports Illustrated has seen to date, a $30 million diamond bikini that paid homage to her role on NBC’s Las Vegas. On the show, her character Delinda Deline was an entertainment director, so it seemed only fitting that she play hostess with Top Cheftestant Fabio Viviani at Pebble Beach Food and Wine’s (PBFW) Dinnertime Meets Showtime soiree last week.
PBFW is one of the world’s top culinary extravaganzas. And as the epic fest celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, there were many unique happenings: Lexus debuted its new LC500h with a tasting menu assembled by its arsenal of master chefs, and the Las Vegas Venetian hotel served up cocktails during a boozy golf tournament and hosted a dinner soiree in a $30-million home to celebrate America’s first-ever win at the Bocuse D’Or.
But out of all the events, only Dacor’s dinner boasted the opportunity to get up close and personal with Molly Sims. Dacor tapped Sims for their soiree because of her high profile, as well as the fact that she has decked out her kitchen with Dacor’s new high-end Modernist Collection of appliances.
Take, for example, Dacor's Pro Dual Fuel Steam Range. It's professional grade, but ultra-refined — think sealed brass burners with an electric griddle that actually boasts a steamer to bake and roast (no need to be a health-conscious supermodel to make good use of these features). And while this product is not available for purchase yet (it will be shortly), you can check out the brand's Renaissance offering.
We managed to catch up with Ms. Sims amid her hosting duties to garner some tips on being cool and confident on a date (even if it’s with a supermodel), how she hosts intimately in her home (looking done, but undone) and she shocks her body to stay fit.
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AskMen: I know you're married and I hope it’s not weird, but I feel everyone would love some dating advice from Molly Sims.
No, don't worry; I can give it.
AM: Awesome. So what is your dating advice for guys?
AM: And girls.
For girls, I always say when I was single I… I got this advice, and I actually give it to a lot of girls. Plan on meeting someone… say you're going to meet them at 9:00 P.M., go to the bar at 8:00 P.M. Sit at the bar for an hour by yourself. At least you know you're meeting somewhere, so you're not just some loser sitting at the bar having a drink. You know what I mean…
It gives you the opportunity a little bit to be spontaneous. The first three months … I know that this is going to sound weird that I'm saying it, but you've got to play the game.
Play the game, guys and girls. Because it is a little bit of cat and mouse, I think, and then it’s not. You know pretty quickly. If it's too hard it's not right.
AM: So when guys try too hard, that doesn't work?
Guys, it's probably the biggest turn-off. But guys not trying hard enough is also the biggest turn off.
AM: So you must have been hit on all the time, like…
My husband asked me out for an entire year before we went out.
AM: What made you say "Yes" to a date?
He was persistent.
And good looking, but persistent.
AM: That works. What was your first date like?
It was private. It was good because it was thoughtful. I'm like, "I don't want to go to like some cool bar… I don't want to go to The Tower Bar [at Sunset Tower], or The Chateau [Marmont]. He took me to this random Japanese restaurant in a strip mall." Even though it was a very expensive Japanese restaurant in a strip mall that he was very well known at. But it was good, it was perfect. I was very nervous and I don't know why, maybe because I hated dating.
AM: You hate dating?
Do you like dating? Are you married?
AM: No, I'm single, but I hate dating too.
See, there you go. I hate dating because it feels like an interview.
AM: What do you think impresses someone?
Oh, I remember actually trying to impress him. He came to New York to see me for a weekend. It was one of the first weekends we spent together… It was like six weeks after we met and I remember I had my girlfriend come over, to help me fix this amazing prosciutto. We had breadsticks, olive oil bread, nuts, and this whole setup. I just remember I had a white t-shirt on, jeans, and I was like, "Okay, I don't want to look too done, but I want to look kind of undone but done." Yeah. It's definitely like … You don't want to look like you're trying too hard, but you don't want to look like you're not trying too hard.
AM: Effortless try…
AM: Entertaining, right?
That was the starter and then we went out, but yes. It was like I had everything. I had flowers, I had a candle. Yeah, it was definitely … It was kind of like the setup. It was good.
AM: Has he ever cooked for you?
He actually cooked a steak. I don't eat steak that often, but when he cooks it it's really good, though he's not great in the kitchen otherwise.
AM: I bet you have an amazing kitchen.
I do. I do. I love this company Dacor because they are so sleek, so beautiful, and it's very modern. This is the Modernist Collection we are standing in now, but I have this butcher block in one of my houses. I love very chic entertaining. I bought my house because of my kitchen. Well, I actually built … We came in, the house was boarded when we got it, but I literally bought the house because of the kitchen layout.
No joke. It's where everyone is.
AM: When you say, "entertaining," what's your secret to throwing a good party?
Alcohol, music, and food.
AM: With all this talk of food and entertaining I have to ask what is your fitness routine?
Well today it was not so great. I had two babies watching me at 6:10 this morning. But it's circuit, it's cardio, legs, arms, dance, treadmill.
AM: So kind of keeping it fresh and fun?
Mix it up. Shock your body.
AM: What else is going on in the world of Molly Sims?
I have a book coming out in October. It's called, "Making it Home."
AM: What's it about?
Organizing, entertaining. It's kind of like making beautiful chaos, like the happy mess; it's good.