The Gastronomic Life of Ricky Gervais
I'm fat because I eat too much and I'd rather not give up food. It's not glandular, it's greed. If I didn't work out I'd still eat as much but instead of being probably 20 pounds overweight, I would be 40 pounds overweight and growing.' In any case, 'I don't think a comedian should be worried about their weight'.
He's mostly vegetarian:
'So I'm nearly a vegetarian apart from chicken and very, very heavily disguised meats. You can't put a thing on my table that looks like it could run round the planet. I don't want to see eyes or legs. I don't want to be reminded this was an air-breathing mammal.'
Not long ago, a restaurant in New York presented him with a complimentary soft-shell crab between courses 'which is a delicacy, and I had to say, "Sorry, I'm a vegetarian".' Then I thought, "Hold on, I ordered chicken". But I just couldn't cut into it.' So the crab went straight back to the kitchen.
And gasp! He hates champagne flutes:
Yet if he orders a glass of champagne in a restaurant, he asks that it be served not in a champagne flute but in an ordinary wine glass. 'Because a flute annoys me. It's too hard to drink from. You have to tip it too far, poke your nose in it, so a wine glass is so much easier.' He doesn't know if 'that's gauche or wrong or terrible or what' but that's how it is.