By Alexandra Whittaker
Updated Oct 01, 2018 @ 11:15 am
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen lead
Credit: Andrew Goodman

John Legend's life is basically an open book. The EGOT winner has few qualms about his personal business being on full display to the world. The highs and lows of his relationship with Chrissy Teigen? We've seen it. His personal parenting worries? We've heard 'em. The earthquake that disrupted his family vacation to Bali? You bet we know the play-by-play of exactly what happened.

Even in the age of celebrity candidness, it’s unusual to have a star quite as famous as Legend share so much. A large chunk of that has to do with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, a modern social media guru and arguably the person to follow on Twitter. She shares her life with refreshing openness (see: her unexpectedly revealing cookbook), and while Legend makes plenty of appearances in her posts, he often shares his own perspective — including his thoughts on family, his politics, and the projects he's working on.

InStyle sat down with Legend at the launch of his partnership with Wholesome Wave, a national food nonprofit, and Naked, the juice company, to help start the Drink Good Do Good social media campaign — which aims to raise money for people who don't have access to quality food.

"I knew this [lack of food access] was a thing, it was something I grew up around in my neighborhood. A lot of folks I grew up with were on food stamps or were food insecure in some way, and this is a real thing for so many people," Legend says. "But when you realize how many of our neighbors are dealing with this, and that we have all these resources available to us — we’re in such a wealthy country — but for some reason, certain people aren’t getting access to that. It made me want to do something about it." Right now, that something is "the shopping cart dance challenge," an effort to raise money for the 30 million Americans who do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables (or can't afford to buy them) in the United States. It works like this: If you do the dance (demonstrated by Legend below) and put a video, photo, or Boomerang of it on social media with the hashtag #FillYourCartForGood, Naked will donate donate the monetary equivalent of a $100 shopping cart of fruits and veggies to those in need.

"I know that every parent wants the best for their kid, I know they do, but they don’t have the means to actually effectuate that far too often," Legend says. "It makes me even more concerned and more ready to give and help give families the kind of advantages that I would want for my own kids."

This tie between food and family is very strong for Legend, considering how central it is in his own household. His wife's two cookbooks and new Target cook wear line are evidence of that alone, but Legend also has plenty to say about how important food is in the life they've built for themselves and their kids, Luna and Miles.

"[Food] is so important with how I interact with my wife. We cook together, we talk about food all the time. We truly love the experience of making food and eating food," he said. "It’s a way to show our love for our family too, it’s a way to bring us all together. It’s a great way to connect on a human level, because we all need it for fuel, but it’s also a way to convene and present something to someone you love."

While Teigen is undoubtedly the better known cook in the family kitchen, Legend has culinary skills of his own — namely, cooking fried chicken and mac & cheese— and he's happy to share intel. Luna and Miles are pretty lucky to grow up with a pair of experienced chefs in the kitchen, but inquiring minds want to know: Does Legend and Teigen's daughter Luna have a favorite family cook, between mom and dad? According to Legend, not yet.

"Luna’s the only one eating solid food, so Miles doesn’t have a say in this matter," he laughs. "I don’t know that Luna really gets the difference between me cooking and mommy cooking right now. And she has some of her grandmother’s cooking, which is Thai food, she has more classic American food, and we serve pasta too. It’s a range of things. I don’t think we’ve settled on what her palette is exactly yet, but I think it’s probably more diverse than a lot of people’s because it’s a mix of cultures. I grew up on American and soul food and Chrissy grew up on American and Thai food, and we kind of mix it all together."

Fair enough; Sharing everything seems to be the name of the game in this family. Once Luna and Miles do have a favorite go-to chef, we'll probably hear all about it on social media —and we truly can't wait.