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June 4, 2024 8 mins

Manolo Vergara talks hosting the new show 'Celebrity Family Food Battle' and more!

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
I have won with Mario Lopez tebyone. Mario Lopez joining
me now on Zoom the host of the new show
Celebrity Family Food Battle, Manolo Errigata. Welcome to the show, Man,
how are you.

Speaker 2 (00:12):
I'm great, Mayra, Thank you so much for having me.
This is very exciting.

Speaker 1 (00:15):
Thank you for taking the time. First of all, Manlo
Ergata has got to be one of the coolest names ever.
And is it true. I don't know if it's true.
I just heard the rumor. Did your mom really name
you after Stephen Bower's character in Scarface?

Speaker 3 (00:28):
That's what she's told me my whole life, So either
she's a really long con or it's the truth.

Speaker 2 (00:35):
My dad disagrees.

Speaker 3 (00:36):
He says that he named me and that my mom
really wanted to name me Luis Miguel.

Speaker 2 (00:42):
So I don't know who to believe. But with the
Scarface for.

Speaker 1 (00:45):
You couldn't go wrong with either one. Did you ever
get a chance to meet Stephen Bauer, who played Ma Nolo.

Speaker 3 (00:51):
I have not, actually, and I would love to, because,
to be honest, he's at least like a cool character
in the movie, a great characters, and that kind of sucks.

Speaker 2 (01:01):
But you know, fine, I like my name up, but
when I was a kid, I hated my name.

Speaker 1 (01:06):
That's always the case. I bet, I bet what they
grow up calling you Manny.

Speaker 3 (01:10):
Many or like you know, it's I grew up in Miami,
so like Manilo Nola, I got Barry Manilo a lot
like you know.

Speaker 1 (01:19):
Now it's cool, yeah, very, that's great. Congratulations on the show.
By the way, it sounds like fun celebrity family food battle.
So how does it? How does it work?

Speaker 2 (01:29):
Well?

Speaker 3 (01:30):
Every episode we have two celebrities and a family member
and they kind of battle it out in the kitchen
over two rounds.

Speaker 2 (01:37):
They both get money for charity.

Speaker 3 (01:38):
So really there is there's a winner, but really everybody
wins and it's just like a fun, easy summer watch
with the whole family.

Speaker 1 (01:46):
And do they do they do like their own sort
of family recipe and then is there judges that taste
it or how does the former work?

Speaker 2 (01:55):
Well?

Speaker 3 (01:55):
So every most of our dishes are inspired by pop.

Speaker 2 (01:58):
Culture, film, TV memes.

Speaker 3 (02:02):
TikTok so that they rather have to recreate a famous
dish or kind of goes something along the lines of
in the same spirit of we have two amazing judges.
Kaylen Allen and Fario Abdulahika. I am just the host,
so I just get to have fun and taste everything
without having to break anybody's heart. So I really have
the best job on the on the set.

Speaker 1 (02:23):
Yeah, as a foodie, that sounds like a lot of fun.
Who are some of the celebrities that are here this season?

Speaker 3 (02:29):
We have obviously we have my mother and Howie Mandel
in the first episode. We have Yeah, we have Chris
Shelle versus Brad Goreski and his husband Gary Jeannetti.

Speaker 2 (02:39):
We have them Is and we have Montez. We have
from WWE and their their episode is just wild.

Speaker 3 (02:48):
We have Mike Iceman and Akbar Baja Biamila and.

Speaker 2 (02:52):
Their respective ladies and they addled it out.

Speaker 3 (02:55):
We have the Demilios. They took over an entire episode.
So we have all the like like fun people who
are just really fun to watch.

Speaker 1 (03:03):
That's cool.

Speaker 2 (03:03):
We almost have actually Simpson and Jim.

Speaker 1 (03:06):
Oh nice, nice. Oh that's a fun season right there.
What about your own cooking skills are you? Are you
pretty handing the kid?

Speaker 2 (03:12):
I started cooking when out from very early.

Speaker 3 (03:15):
Mostly it's just out of necessity because my mother cannot
cook at all.

Speaker 2 (03:18):
She has no interest.

Speaker 3 (03:19):
So since I was a little kid, I really started
watching Food Network, Emerald Alton Brown, that kind of stuff,
and I just kind of loved it. By the time
I was fifteen, I was cooking Thanksgiving dinners for everybody.

Speaker 1 (03:31):
Wow, So that's impressive.

Speaker 2 (03:32):
I'm not a professional cook, but I cook good for you,
good for you.

Speaker 1 (03:38):
I can barely wash a grape over here, so nice,
that's impressive.

Speaker 2 (03:41):
You wash your grapes.

Speaker 1 (03:43):
Well only when people are looking.

Speaker 3 (03:46):
Right.

Speaker 1 (03:47):
You've got a culinary brand also called Yeah, what can
you tell us about that?

Speaker 3 (03:53):
Oma is our new food concept that's broadly Hispanic.

Speaker 2 (03:57):
So we have a little thing. We have like the
greatest hits from every country.

Speaker 3 (03:59):
We have Cuban croquetas, we have Columbia arepas, we have
Argentina and banadas.

Speaker 2 (04:05):
We have Columbian pandonos. We have milkshakes, We've got coffee.
We have mostly fried things, which is delicious. It's not
really a for diet, but yet we're very excited.

Speaker 3 (04:18):
Most of the recipes are actually mine and I've over
the last three or four years, I've really worked.

Speaker 2 (04:26):
In tandem with our chief of colinary its Louis Mada.

Speaker 3 (04:29):
Chef Louis Manda and with him we've kind of perfected
and I think they're some of the best banalas.

Speaker 2 (04:37):
And we launch on we launch on June seventh.

Speaker 1 (04:39):
Congrats on that. I want to check them out. I
love me and I Banada so nice.

Speaker 3 (04:43):
Right.

Speaker 2 (04:43):
Yeah. Uh.

Speaker 1 (04:44):
You've also got a line of dog accessories Panini by Baget.

Speaker 3 (04:49):
Yes, we have beds, collars, leashes available at Walmart dot com.
And that was just a fun collection I did based
on my my dog's incess it need to be comfortable
to be honest.

Speaker 1 (05:03):
Oh that's cool.

Speaker 2 (05:04):
Man.

Speaker 1 (05:04):
So you say you're from Miami. Is that still home?
You live in LA now or No?

Speaker 2 (05:09):
I live in LA.

Speaker 3 (05:10):
I was born in Columbia. I lived until I was
like three or four. Then we moved to Miami, where
most of my family still is.

Speaker 2 (05:16):
And then, you know, my mother moved to.

Speaker 3 (05:18):
LA for work. So I've lived in LA since I
was ten, so really most of my life. But I'm
kind of I'm from all over the place. I lived
in New York a little bit.

Speaker 1 (05:28):
Oh so pretty much just the coolest cities in the country.

Speaker 3 (05:31):
Yes, I do like the greatest hits of the United
States now and then I stopped by Texas and it's wonderful.

Speaker 2 (05:37):
I think so.

Speaker 1 (05:38):
And is hosting something you've always wanted to get into,
or just the situation presented itself you fell into it,
you know.

Speaker 3 (05:45):
A little bit of both. I think hosting it's very fun.
I mean, you know this better than anybody where. It's
like you can have the.

Speaker 2 (05:51):
Best of both worlds.

Speaker 3 (05:52):
You're in an industry that you love, but you also
get to be yourself exactly, and you also get to
go home at the end of the day as yourself.

Speaker 2 (06:00):
You know, my my mother works very hard.

Speaker 3 (06:02):
She did, you know, fourteen hour days doing Griselda in
three hours plus of makeup. So she would go home,
she wouldn't go home, she would stay in characters. She
would go sleep in a room.

Speaker 2 (06:12):
And then leave back. You know. So this hosting is
really it's awesome and I the opportunity did kind of
present it up.

Speaker 3 (06:20):
But I've also been kind of working towards it really
since since college, kind of performing and doing you know,
a small gig. So like it.

Speaker 2 (06:28):
I like it. I love it.

Speaker 1 (06:29):
Good for you, Yeah, exactly right. You just got to
like people, be inquisitive, be a good listener, and and
kind of have fun. Where'd you go to school.

Speaker 2 (06:37):
I went to college in Emerson.

Speaker 1 (06:39):
Oh it's a very good school, very good school. Yeah.

Speaker 3 (06:41):
I studied film, and I stayed indoors for most of
those four years because Boston is very.

Speaker 1 (06:46):
Cold, very coold. That was gonna say, going from Miami
to there. Yeah, Boston. Yeah, like no, Joe, it was
right there.

Speaker 2 (06:50):
Yeah, no, no, no, I gained a lot of weight.
But it was.

Speaker 1 (06:55):
I heard you had a knee surgery recently.

Speaker 2 (06:58):
No, that was my mother.

Speaker 1 (06:58):
Oh your mother had met That's that's not that old yet. Yeah.
Did she have an accident or was it?

Speaker 2 (07:05):
No, she just has bad knees.

Speaker 1 (07:10):
That's what happens is older.

Speaker 2 (07:11):
It's one of those things like.

Speaker 3 (07:12):
She was like, well, it's an hour or never, because
if I wait longer, it's going to get worse.

Speaker 2 (07:16):
To do it now.

Speaker 3 (07:17):
So she's been, you know, hold up at home for
the last month and a half and recuperating.

Speaker 2 (07:22):
Oh that's good to be dancing at a time.

Speaker 1 (07:24):
Yeah, No, I'm sure, I'm sure.

Speaker 2 (07:25):
No.

Speaker 1 (07:25):
I always look forward to the videos. I did love
to be setled that. By the way, you mentioned that earlier.
I thought she did a job on that is it hosting?
Just that you're interested in you want to do some
more acting as well, kind of since there are no rules.

Speaker 2 (07:36):
No, not really acting.

Speaker 3 (07:38):
I'm I studied writing and filmmaking, so I do want
to do a lot more of that. I write a lot,
I've done some directly. I want to get back into
that when the process of producing a few more shows.
I'm executive producer on The Celebrity Family Food Battle, which
is an awesome experience that I want to continue doing that.

Speaker 2 (07:55):
So we've got some more stuff in the pipeline that's awesome.

Speaker 1 (07:58):
Man knows for the world and bananas, but we're gonna
have to see about getting a Familia Lopez in there,
uh for sure. All you guys, sounds good, sounds good. Well,
congratulations all nice talking and you can watch Celebrity Family
Food Battle on rokul. Thanks for hanging out, brother, Congrats
on you so much, Mario.

Speaker 2 (08:18):
Thank you all right, take care. Man with Mario Lopez
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