John Legend on Living with Foodie Chrissy Teigen: 'When I'm Home I Gain 5 Lbs. Guaranteed'

John Legend Stella Artois Host Beautifully

Living with a talented cook has its obvious perks, but unlimited good food can also come with a downside—and for John Legend that’s weight gain.

As his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, works on developing her first cookbook, Legend tells PEOPLE he’s had to loosen his belt buckle.

“When she’s working on it and I’m home, I gain 5 lbs. guaranteed,” he says, joking, “So, I’m like, sometimes I need to travel so I can lose weight!”

Of all the recipes that have come through their kitchen for the cookbook, Legend—who has partnered with Stella Artois for their “Host Beautifully” campaign, which encourages the younger generation to start entertaining—says Teigen’s buffalo chicken dip is his favorite so far.

“It’s kind of like when people do those artichoke dips but it’s got buffalo chicken and cheese and all these other things in it, too,” he says. “It’s really, really delicious. Chrissy is obviously a great cook.”

Legend says as a couple, “we pride ourselves on having good get-togethers,” and while food, music and atmosphere are all a big part of having a successful party, who you invite is the real secret.

“Music is key. I always do our playlist and try to get a good mix of hip-hop and I’ll do some classic up-tempo soul music and throw in a little bit of rock,” he says. “But one of the big keys is having the right people there.”

“Hopefully you can invite a good group of interesting, diverse people that are kind and cool and know how to engage with new people,” he adds. “If you have all those things together you’ve got a good party.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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