Soul legend Patti LaBelle used to cook for her pianist, Elton John, at the start of his career after taking all his money in card games.
The singer has a reputation as one of music’s best cooks and she turned Elton into a huge fan of her food during a club residency in London in the 1960s.
She says, “He was my piano player back in the day and I made food for him when we were in London.
“We played a club in London for months and of course they (band members) had no money because I would play cards and take all their money. They didn’t have many pounds to buy food and so I would feed them.”
And LaBelle reveals Elton never returned her dishes: “He took my Tupperware home… He didn’t give me the Tupperware back… but I got a diamond ring instead.”
The singer also cooked up treats for the Rolling Stones when she toured with the rockers, explaining, “Mick (Jagger) heard I was a great cook and so I showed him I was. I fed them all.”
But there’s one star she still owes a good meal – The Roots leader Questlove: “Every time I see him I say, ‘I’m gonna make you some food’, and so he begs for food… I promise I’m gonna make him everything, everything. I gotcha Questlove.”