THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Comedian Matt Okine will be performing at the Fresh Comedy Gala on October 29, and DJing the afterparty.Some people got their love of cooking and food from their families.

Comedian and radio host Matt Okine got his from being an out of work actor for nearly a decade.

“There was a period there for about two years where I literally watched Huey everyday,” Okine said.

“So you get a lot of time. Meals very quickly (become) an event. They’re something to look forward to in your day of nothingness.

“I used to hit up the shop and read food magazines in the magazine section of the supermarket and try and figure out what I was going to make.

“It wasvery therapeutic because at least I was doing something with my life.”

That 10 years hasn’t completely gone to waste –Okine is in the final stages of filming a cooking show.

He’s touring around the country, meeting some of Australia’s best chefs.

It’s not a gig without its pitfalls, however.

“I’m getting fat from working on a cooking show – I’m eating like four burgers in a row,” Okine said.

“I’ll eat a burger on set and then they’ve gotta do another angle, so I’ll eat another burger.

“Then they’ll do like close-ups of me eating a burger, and then there’s a fourth burger just laying around and you know that you shouldn’t do it but all of a sudden you’ve got sauce dripping down to your elbow and you’re like ‘What happened?’.”

The show is set to air in October, about the same time that Okine will be wrapping up his national tour with a couple of gigs in Tasmania –including the Fresh Comedy Gala in Launceston.

The October 29 show will see Okine line-up alongside Luke McGregor and Randy the Puppet, as well as some of Tassie’s finest comedic talent.

Harnessing his day job power as a Triple J radio co-host, Okine is set to DJ at the gala’s after party at the Royal Oak.

“I’ll be playing all those songs they don’t let me play on Triple J,” Okine said, who is also in final throes of recording with hip-hop producer C1.

Of all the passions Okine has in his life –comedy, cooking, music –Tasmania also ranks highly.

“I love coming down to Tassie –it’s one of my favourite places,” he said.

“I’ve found myself researching properties at Marion Bay. It’s just one of those places.”

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