Inside mealtimes in the Love Island villa including pizza takeaways and snacks on request
Witha new bombshell set to enter the infamousLove Island villa, fans of the show have been eagerly watching this year’s singletons' attempts to find love in Majorca.
But while the villa’s many cameras may pick up onthe contestants’ secret kisses andsteamy antics, one thing doesn’t get as much attention – food. As a result, many fans have begun to question what exactly the contestants eat while in the villa.
Luckily, one person who knows exactly what’s going on is former Love Island contestantCallum Jones. Callum, now 25, appeared on the 2020 winter version of the hit ITV2 show where he fell head over heels for Casa Amor bombshell Molly Smith, withthe couple’s relationship going from strength-to-strength two years later.
Outside of the villa, Callum is a keen foodie and regularly shares cooking videos with his 785,000 Instagram followers and is interested in taking his passion further.
“The response to my cooking videos has been really good,” Callum tells OK!. “Even Molly’s mates say ‘oh my god, you’re so lucky that he cooks’. It’s been really positive so far.”
He adds: “I’d love to appear on a cooking show, like Masterchef and open a restaurant. We’ll have to see what the future holds.”
So, with Callum’s foodie credentials in mind, what do Love Island contestants eat while in the villa?
Contestants have to make their own breakfast
While contestants may often be seen lingering around the kitchen, the Islanders only have to make their own breakfast says Callum.
“The only thing we made for ourselves was breakfast and for that there was limited choice. There were always things like eggs, avocado, toast and cereal, though – your typical breakfast foods,” he explains.
But lunch and dinner are laid on
“Lunch and dinner are catered for and you’d get something different every day. As we filmed our series in South Africa, it was quite different to what I was used to eating at home,” says Callum.
“There were a lot of fish and meat choices in the buffet. I remember that they used to throw fruit into a lot of the dishes, too.
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“Even though I like cooking, I didn’t find it hard to have someone else cook for me. I’d rather be relaxing in the sun than cooking in the sun!”
There’s lots of food to snack on throughout the day
Between meal times, contestants are well catered for too, with the villa’s fridge and larder remaining full of goodies and snacks.
“Our larder, fridge and freezer were topped up with hummus, biscuits, cereal and ice lollies,” Callum explains.
“The crew would ask us what food we wanted in the fridge and then everyone got a say on what snacks we could have. My main request was hummus and pitta bread because it’s my favourite snack.”
Takeaways are allowed
Withprevious Islanders admitting to eating McFlurries while in the villa, Callum reveals that Saturdays were reserved for takeaways.
“We’d get a choice of what we wanted, whether that was pizza or something like a burger, and then we had to decide as a group what to get.
“Luckily everyone was really open about what they wanted and there was never any disagreement over what we should get,” he says.
“If we had something one week, we’d get something different the next. Or if people wanted something specific, we’d listen and get it.”
But that didn’t stop him from missing some of his favourite foods from home.
“I really missed Domino’s pizza when I was in the villa. It was the first thing I ate as soon as I got back home,” Callum jokes.
'Meaningful' conversations are kept to a minimum
When it comes to lunch and dinner time, Callum says that mealtimes took place in the villa and that members of the crew set up the dining area.
“We ate our meals as a group. The crew would bring out tables and put them in a long line and we would all eat at the same time,” he explains.
“You are allowed to chat to each other when you’re eating but if you had a proper meaningful conversation, like you were confessing your love to someone, obviously the producers would say ‘hang on, can you stop there and do that later on?’”
Love Island continues every night at 9pm on ITV2.
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