Fans were first introduced to Adam Kenworthy in a rather interesting way. He caused quite a stir after he started dating Carole Radziwill following a brief relationship with Luann de Lesseps' niece. Needless to say, that meet-cute didn't exactly please the Countess.
But the chef and his The Real Housewives of New York City lady love are still going strong. And he appreciates that fans get some insight into their life together thanks to the series, even if he, himself, isn't tuning in every week.
"You know, I'm not like a regular Housewife viewer; I see myself from time to time. It's interesting but I feel like it's pretty easy and natural. I guess, maybe at times, it's weird to see yourself on camera, to hear your voice. Everybody has that unless maybe they're an actor or actress or reality star that's used to it," he told The Daily Dish. "But it's fun and I don't really get involved in any of the dramatic sides of the show. I've never been kind of an issue with that. I think I'm pretty respectful to everyone. I think my relationship with Carole shows on camera, which I think is important for people to see, as I'm sure a lot of viewers are curious as to what our relationship is like. So, I think, people probably get to see that and it's probably pretty natural what they see."
The professional chef, foodie and all-around creative noted that the most influence the show has had on his career is in how much his social media following has grown since he first popped up during Season 7. And yes, when he steps out with his longtime love, they definitely do get fans stopping them. In fact, he's even recognized when he's out in the world sans Carole.
"I have noticed there's more people that recognize me on the streets," he said. "Obviously, when I'm with Carole it's really easy for people to connect the dots. Or sometimes people will recognize me and then they'll turn and see Carole, like, 'Oh my god!' She gets recognized a lot more than I do, obviously. She's been on it a lot longer. People definitely recognize her, but it's super nice when we're out. People recognize her and see her and people come up to her and everybody loves her and she's really good about taking pictures with people."
Carole previously told us that one of her favorite dishes from the chef is his zucchini noodles. "The first time I made her the zucchini noodle pasta, she didn't realize it wasn't a traditional noodle. She didn't realize it was just purely a vegetable, and so that's fun and she jokes with people-- it's not joking-- but she tells people 'When I met Adam I didn't realize he was a vegan.' And it kind of goes along with the whole veggie noodle thing," he recalled. "I wasn't making it a big deal... Nor with my cooking style, being a vegan, do I feel like I need to tell anybody I'm a vegan. So Carole wasn't aware of that for the longest time until she started to realize 'You never order meat when we go out.' And I'm like, 'Oh, no yeah, I don't really eat meat or eggs or dairy or meat.'"
Recently, the couple confessed to putting their joint cookbook plans on hold and that they are (temporarily) living together. But before they stepped away from the cookbook project, working with Carole definitely taught Adam a few lessons.
"We're always learning new things about each other. We're both pretty open, but there's always things that kind of come up when you're in the first couple years of dating someone," he said. "I feel like there's a lot to learn from Carole. Her whole background as a writer, it's interesting. I'm a chef, but she's a writer so teaming up together, everybody has their own opinion of how something should be done. But I've learned a lot as far as how to format a book. She's very inspiring as far as writing goes."
Check out the couple on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live.