My life on a plate - Tom Daley

Olympic diver Tom Daley shares his favourite home-grown recipes that bring back family memories and the dishes he would pass on to the next generation

My life on a plate - Tom Daley

Great Britain's youngest European gold medallist made his Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008 at the age of 14. He then won Olympic bronze at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. Tom, 22, lives in London and Los Angeles with his partner, American film director Dustin Lance Black. 

The recipe I grew up with... 

Chicken, mozzarella & pesto filo parcelsI love cooking; whenever my mum cooked, I wanted to get involved. These filo parcels were one of the first things I ever learnt to cook. Then, because I was travelling away from home from such a young age, she taught me how to make chicken & broccoli pasta bake. Many recipes bring back memories of family meals.

I have two brothers, William and Ben, now 20 and 17 - whoever ate fastest got seconds. I was seven when I started diving and my parents were so supportive, taking me to training sessoins and competitions. Whether I was having a good day or a bad day, they'd know what to say to make me feel like I was having the time of my life. 

Until I was 16 or 17, I ate whatever was put in front of me. Then I realised that I had to adjust my diet. Sugar has to be in moderation. If you are a swimmer, you eat a lot of carbs; as a diver you tend not to eat as many but it differs from athlete to athlete. 

Try Tom's crispy chicken, mozzarella & pesto filo parcels recipe.

The recipe I would pass on... 

Meatball-stuffed squashI cook this dish regularly. When I was at a diving camp in Australia in 2015, I made it for the whole team. The main time I cook is on Sunday - my only non-training day. It's a day of recovery, but I'm not one for sitting about. After brunch, Lance and I will go somewhere like Borough Market, have a coffee, then come home and cook. I do most of the cooking, but Lance is king of the barbecue. We've been living together for about three years.

After he won the Oscar for Milk, which championed gay rights, he put his career on hold to campaign for marriage equality. He started with California; now gay marriage is legal in all 50 US states. It's something he put a lot of effort into, but I don't think he ever thought he'd get married. Now we're setting things up for our wedding. We'd like kids, and hopefully one day I'll teach them how to cook.

Try Tom's family-friendly and super filling meatball-stuffed squash recipe for yourself.

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