Peeking in on the food lifestyles of the famous can be fun, so when we had an opportunity to find out what crooner Clay Aiken likes to eat, we took advantage of it–and scored a couple of tickets for a lucky Food Channel reader in the process. The contest prize is one pair of tickets to a show on the Clay Aiken Concert Tour 2011. Winner may choose which concert to attend but must provide own transportation. Scroll down for complete rules, and for more details, join us on Facebook.
Known for his stint on American Idol, Aiken will be on tour in February and March 2011. Here’s what he had to say on our favorite subject, food. Our advice? Go and take the man a peanut butter and apple butter sandwich.
Would you consider yourself a foodie?
I’m not necessarily a foodie in the sense that I have an adventurous palette, but I can go to town on comfort foods and the foods I grew up eating. I do often find myself enjoying different things, but I can’t discern whether or not something is going to taste good based on the ingredients. So, I rely on the expertise of others to guide me.
Do you cook? And if so, what do you consider your specialty?
I’m not a chef by any standards, but I can follow a recipe. If it’s something Paula Deen has made, I’m usually more inclined to try it. I have made her macaroni and cheese several times, but I always “forget” to tell people that it’s not my recipe.
Are there hints for eating on the road/while on tour?
There are plenty of hints/tips, but I’m not the greatest at following them. You shouldn’t really eat too late at night, I am told. But, after a show it’s hard to remind yourself of that rule. When you live on a bus and in hotels for an extended period of time, you have to remind yourself to eat more healthy.
What are your food requirements backstage?
I’m not that big of an eater all of the time. Especially when I am working, I can go for hours and even all day and forget to eat. So having things that are really easy makes me more likely to eat on a regular schedule. When all else fails, there’s nothing like a PBJ sandwich . . . Although, I am FAR more partial to Peanut Butter and Apple Butter sandwiches. Maybe it’s the South in me.
If you’d like to qualify for the free tickets, check it out on Facebook. Here’s the tour schedule so you can see if he’ll be in your area:
Miami, FL – February 10
Orlando, FL – February 11
Sarasota, FL – February 12
Houston, TX – February 14
Atlanta, GA – February 16
Knoxville, TN – February 17
Pittsburgh, PA – February 18
Cleveland, OH – February 19
Waterbury, CT- February 20
Baltimore, MD – February 22
Charlotte, NC – February 23
Greenville, SC – February 24
Westbury, NY – February 26
Glenside, PA – February 27
Cincinnati, OH – March 1
Fort Wayne, IN – March 2
Waukegan, IL – March 4
Minneapolis, MN – March 5
Memphis, TN – March 7
Grand Prairie, TX – March 8
Mesa, AZ – March 10
San Francisco, CA – March 12
Visit Clay’s Official Site for more information about the tour.
Food Channel/Clay Aiken Tour Tickets contest rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Food Channel “Clay Aiken Tour Tickets” Giveaway (the “Contest”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents the United States, it’s properties and territories, and at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Employees of Sponsor are not eligible. Void where restricted or prohibited. Contest begins on January 12, 2011, at 12:01:00 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) and ends on January 31, 2011, at 11:59:59 p.m. CT (the “Promotional Period”). TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, tell us why you’re a fan and want to win tickets on-line at www.thefoodchannel.com or by postal mail to Food Channel Clay Aiken Contest, 2215 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, MO 65807. Limit one (1) entry per person, per household, per e-mail address. All entries must be received by January 31, 2011. PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize Winners will receive two tickets to see Clay Aiken in Concert at the venue of their choice listed on the 2011 tour schedule listed at thefoodchannel.com. Winners will be chosen on the basis of originality, fan passion, brevity and clarity of submission as determined by Judges. Decision of the judges is final. Approximate retail value of prize: $200. Winner is responsible for all transportation from home to concert venue, taxes and all other expenses. Acceptance of a prize constitutes winner’s consent to use of his/her name and/or photograph without further compensation for advertising, promotional and publicity purposes by Sponsor. Sponsor: The Food Channel, 2215 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, MO 65807. ©The Food Channel All rights reserved.