If I had to choose a bunch of BlogTalkRadio hosts to sit down with and lift a few pints at the local pub, Charles Mattocks would be on the short list for sure. For one thing, he’s Bob Marley’s nephew! For another, he hosts a show that – as a food blogger – is right up my alley. Oh, and did I mention he has his own spice line and he hosts a syndicated TV show – also called The Poor Chef? Interesting tales for sure.
Since we’re not within drinking distance of each other, we’ll have to find out about Charles, a single dad who hails from Tampa, Fla., through this week’s edition of SoundBits. Thanks, Charles, for taking the time out to “dish” with us.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?
The Poor Chef is all about health, life and family. I try to keep the program free of politics and other radical topics that most feel they need to talk about to be entertaining. My family values and love of education allows me to bring out the best in people – not unlike Barack Obama. I seeks to find answers in such a way that all can feel good about the next step in the lives – from weight-loss to handling depression. I also have celebrities on the show who value giving and are not looking for anything in return.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I love quiet times at home. I love to relax and watch movies and dim the lights and do, well, just nothing.
And I can be very quiet at times – and I’m a romantic. The persona people see on TV is not who I am most of the time. We have to entertain, but I find myself just wanting to be a regular person most of the time. When people meet me they say I’m nothing like the guy they see on TV, or hear on the radio. I also dream a lot. I dream of amazing things to do and places to go with the person I love or would like to be in love with.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
Howard Stern. The guy came from nothing and built an empire. No one believed in him. His style was nothing like what was out there on radio. A lot of people have tried to imitate him and he has lasted the trials of the business and made others around him rich along the way.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Nelson Mandela. I feel he has a lot to to offer the world. He has been through so much and has endured trials of the likes of Ghandi or Martin Luther King. He represents a generation that is passing away. But this great man should not be forgotten.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
Boxers and a t-shirt.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
Laid on my back in my boxers and t-shirt in the dark.