Idol's Anthony Fedorov shares his salmon creation

Anthony Federov as Joseph

Anthony Federov as Joseph

If the dashing blond in the colorful garb on the Ordway's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat billboards looks familiar, well, you're not crazy: Anthony Fedorov became a household name during the fourth season of American Idol (check out his performance of 'If You Don't Know Me By Now') and is now a regular on the stage. Critics have called his performance dazzling, and Fedorov feels the same way about St. Paul's sushi.


1. You wear some pretty small costumes in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. How conscious are you of that fact when eating--i.e., how careful do you have to be about your diet? I'm very conscious of what I eat. I like to cook most of my meals. The only thing that I eat that I don't cook myself is sushi. I love sushi! 2. We're told you're the go-to guy in the cast for cooking and food advice. What types of questions do you get asked most often? Whenever I bring in any of my meals, it always smells really good. That's when people start asking me what did I make this time and how to make it. I always come up with new and delicious ways to prepare my food. I eat a lot of eggs, chicken, beef, and fish for protein. As far as carbs go, I eat sweet potatoes, brown rice, wheat pasta, wheat bread, all kinds of veggies.

3. What places have you gotten to sample in the Twin Cities? Anything stand out so far? Yes. I love Asian cuisine, so my favorite sushi place in the Twin Cities is Sakura Restaurant. It's right next to the Ordway at 350 Saint Peter Street in downtown St. Paul. The sushi there is nothing short of heavenly and amazing! I know my sushi, and that place rocks!

I also had my first experience with Korean food, and there is this delicious place called The Mirror of Korea. The food there blew me away.

4. Are you a fan of Russian cooking? What's your favorite Russian dish? I used to be a fan of Russian cooking when I was younger but not anymore. It's very delicious but also very fattening. But once in a while I can eat a Russian dish.

5. Are there foods you avoid eating in the lead-up to a performance, things that might have a detrimental effect on your throat or voice? Yes. You should not consume any dairy products before you sing. Nuts are not good for you before you sing, sunflower seeds are also a no-no... cold water and caffeine are also bad right before you sing These are the things that affect my voice, but then again, everyone's different.

6. There is lore surrounding a kiwi and salmon dish you made recently. What was the dish? Are you pretty adventurous when it comes to cooking and trying new things? This is a new salmon dish I recently came up with:

With a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, pan fry a salmon steak. Season with any low-sodium spices to taste. Cut up a kiwi. What's going to make it taste good is if you eat a piece of salmon first, then eat a piece of kiwi after. I don't like how they taste simultaneously. Salmon and kiwi are so different in contrast, but they really complement one another when you eat them separately...

I definitely like to be adventurous when it comes to cooking. There is no limit to what you can do. I think you have to be adventurous with cooking because that is when it will never become boring. There are so many healthy and delicious meals you can make... In the future I want to put together a cooking book that will have a lot of fun, healthy, and delicious recipes in it.