What were your food influences when you were growing up and what kind of food did you eat at home or with your family?

Unfortunately my eating life didn’t start well with my sister and I being allergic to nearly all meats, seafood, dairy, nuts, and many fruits. We basically survived on much soy based products, brown rice and potato. But gradually we grew out of nearly all of these allergies and Mum and Dad would cook the most exotic Eastern dishes and bake lots of great puddings.

What dish or cuisine do you most like to eat on tour and why?

I most like to have avocado and vegemite on toast. But with quarantine regulations etc, I can’t exactly be self sufficient. And asking for this in a outback roadhouse is usually not offered the warmest of replies.

What type of food do you hate, and what is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever eaten? Tell us the story.

I hate walnuts, but that’s because I break out in severe rash and fever. But disgusting. Hmmm, probably the $1 menu at Jack In The Box on West Sunset in Hollywood, CA. The hard shell taco especially, with yuck bean mix and horrid toxic radioactive cheese billowing out.

But I probably should have guessed that from the $1 price tag.

What type of food do you make sure to avoid before a gig or going on stage?

I avoid all food. Except a shot of coffee which I need to wake up 5 minutes before. If I eat I just regret it. And the sound guy doesn’t like it if you accidentally vomit on the mic.

Imagine for a second you can request anything on your rider at a gig. What food do you put on it?

Suckling Pig Hot Pot.

What has been your biggest cooking disaster to date? Tell us the story.

Not to be arrogant but I find it hard to think of one. But I have had many eating disasters. Like the time I came home late from a night out on the town and went straight to the kitchen without turning the light on,  grabbed the big roasted chicken fillet from the bench and munched half of it down before feeling a strange sensation. I thought why is this chicken so spicy, I didn’t use any chilli? The moonlight shining through the window was enough to see that the seasoning was moving. Turns out it was infested with crawling ants.

When you tour overseas, what food from home do you miss the most?

Vegemite.

This is your last day on earth, what is your final meal?

Peking Duck

Catch Jordie’s last Melbourne shows before he heads back to America to tour, and record album number 3.