Antoni Porowski

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Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski, 2018-06 on MTV International.jpg
Porowski in June 2018
Born (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 36)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materConcordia University
  • Chef
  • television personality
  • model

Antoni Porowski (born March 14, 1984) is a Canadian television personality, actor, chef and model. He is known for his role as the food and wine expert on the Emmy award-winning Netflix series Queer Eye.

Early life[edit]

Porowski was born in Montreal, Quebec to Polish parents after they emigrated to Canada with his two older sisters. His father is a physician.[1] He grew up speaking Polish, English, and French.[1] He and his parents moved to Glade Springs, West Virginia when he was twelve, and he lived between there and Montreal throughout his high school years before finally returning to Montreal to attend Marianopolis College and then university.[2] His mother and Porowski do not have a good relationship as brought out in season four of Queer Eye.[3]

Post-graduation from Concordia University with a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts,[4] Porowski moved to New York City[1] to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, from which he graduated in 2011.[5] He taught himself to cook by referring to his grandmother's cooking techniques.[6][7] He is also a close friend of the original Queer Eye’s first season cooking and sommelier Ted Allen who was a mentor.[8]


Upon moving to New York City, Porowski began auditioning for various acting roles. He has stated that being Polish made it difficult for him to find work, which at the time made him consider anglicizing his last name.[1] He has landed roles in movies such as Elliot Loves (2012), Daddy's Boy (2016), The Pretenders (2018), and as the lead officer in a 2014 episode of TV series The Blacklist.[9] Porowski was also featured in the 2015 short docudrama about the Vinnytsia massacre, To My Father, as Adam Bandrowski.[10] The short film was part of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.

In the meantime, he worked in food service to cover his rent, first working as a busboy at a family-run Polish restaurant.[5] He worked his way up in the restaurant industry, working as a waiter and sommelier, eventually managing a Bond Street sushi restaurant.[1][11] Porowski lives in the same neighborhood as Ted Allen, the original Queer Eye food and wine expert, and current host of Food Network cooking competition Chopped. The two became friends, and for a time Porowski worked for Allen as a personal chef.[2][9]

In December 2017, it was announced that Porowski would play the role of food and wine expert in the Netflix revival of Queer Eye, which aired in February 2018.[12] The second season of the show was released in June 2018.

In April 2018, Porowski signed a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for his first cookbook, released in Spring 2019.[13] In June 2018, he announced that he would be opening The Village Den, a fast-casual restaurant in New York City's West Village.[11] Additionally, Porowski deals vintage furniture.[14]

On September 10, 2018, Porowski alongside co-hosts of Queer Eye received an Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.[15]

Porowski was featured in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video, released on June 17, 2019.[16]

In November 2019 he was named Sexiest Reality Star, in People’s annual list.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Porowski states that his sexuality is "a little more fluid along the spectrum" and that he prefers not to label. He dated Joey Krietemeyer for more than seven years, but the relationship ended in October 2018.[18] He confirmed via Instagram in December that he was dating Trace Lehnhoff.[19] However, the two split after one year of dating.[20] In October 2019, he confirmed via Instagram that he is dating Kevin Harrington.[21]

Porowski and his Queer Eye costar Jonathan Van Ness trolled the internet by setting up a joint Instagram account, pretending to be a couple. Later they confirmed that there was nothing serious to it.[22]

In the Queer Eye episode titled, "Lost Boy" (S3 E2), Porowski revealed that he has struggled with addiction issues in the past.


Television and web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Blue Mountain State Lacrosse Player Episode: "LAX"
2014 The Blacklist Lead Officer Episode: "Monarch Douglas Bank (No. 112)"
2018–present Queer Eye Himself Series regular, 37 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Himself Guest judge, Episode: "Bonus:3,2,1...Ya Not Done!!"
2018 Don't Watch This Himself Episode: "Antoni Psycho"
June 28, 2018 W Magazine: "Queer Eye Cast Gives Life Advice" Himself
July 10, 2018 ELLE: "Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Insta-Stalks The Fab Five" Himself
July 12, 2018 Marie Claire: The Cast of Queer Eye Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star' Himself
Sept. 5, 2018 BUILD Series: "Tan France & Antoni Porowski Join The Table" Himself
Nov. 10, 2018 Health Magazine: "My Mantra Is... Tan France & Antoni Porowski" Himself
Nov. 12, 2018 Tinder: "Jonathan Van Ness And Antoni Porowski Critique Dating Advice" Himself
2019 Lip Sync Battle Himself Season 5, Episode 1
2019 Big Mouth Himself Season 3
March 12, 2019 The Hollywood Reporter: "Antoni Porowski Teases Queer Eye Season 3" Himself
March 15, 2019 Bon Appétit: "Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Tries to Keep Up with a Professional Chef" Himself
March 20, 2019 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: "How Did Antoni Porowski And His ‘Flipping Out’ Beau Meet?" Himself
March 29, 2019 WIRED: "Queer Eye Cast Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions" Himself
April 16, 2019 Bustle: Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Tries AERIAL YOGA Himself
May 21, 2019 Harper's BAZAAR: "Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski's Nighttime Skincare Routine" Himself
July 10, 2019 NHL: "Antoni Porowski discusses Canadians, meme stardom" Himself
Sept. 5, 2019 Harper's BAZAAR: "Everything Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Eats In A Day" Himself
Sept. 6, 2019 Cosmopolitan Himself
Sept. 12, 2019 NYT Cooking Himself
Sept. 16, 2019 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: "Celebrating Food as a Love Language with Antoni in the Kitchen" Himself
Sept. 18, 2019 BuzzFeed Celeb: "Antoni Porowski From Queer Eye Reads Thirst Tweets" Himself
Oct. 8, 2019 Glamour Magazine UK Himself
Nov. 20, 2019 BuzzFeed Celeb: "Antoni And Jonathan Van Ness Take The BFF Test" Himself


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Diary Eric Short film
2011 The Apartment Stranger Short film
2012 Elliot Loves Elliot's Father
2013 Withdrawl Louis Short film
2015 To My Father Adam Bandrowski Short film
2016 Daddy's Boy Christian
2018 The Pretenders Antoni
2018 Horror Time Jacob
2019 Blood Surf Simon

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
2018 "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" Keala Settle, Kesha, & Missy Elliott
2019 You Need to Calm Down Taylor Swift


  1. ^ a b c d e Wertheim, Bonnie (March 6, 2018). "Antoni Porowski Can Cook". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Carley, Brennan (February 26, 2018). "Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Knows You're Thinking About Him". GQ. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Szklarski, Cassandra (2019-09-06). "'Queer Eye"s Antoni Porowski dishes on overcoming addiction, career bumps, and ego". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  4. ^ The untold truth of Antoni Porowski
  5. ^ a b Hall, Gerrad (March 1, 2018). "Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski defends his credentials, T-shirt choices, and love of avocados". Entertainment Weekly. Condé Nast. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Sachs, Kevin (2019-03-20). "Feast Your Eyes: Volume II - Antoni's Recipes in Queer Eye Season 3". DINE Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  7. ^ Sondé, Kari (January 22, 2018). "Queer Eye Is Back - Meet The Show's New Food Expert". Grub Street. New York Media. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Queer Eye: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Antoni Porowski". ScreenRant. 2019-12-03. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  9. ^ a b Vargas, Alani. "Who's Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye? The Food Expert has a Personal Connection to the Original Show". Bustle. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  10. ^ ""To My Father" a docudrama about the Vinnca massacre by Montreal filmmakers". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. September 23, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ a b 92nd Street Y (2018-06-21), Netflix's Queer Eye in Conversation, retrieved 2018-06-23
  12. ^ Starkey, Adam (February 9, 2018). "Netflix's Queer Eye: Who are the new Fab Five". Metro. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Exclusive: 'Queer Eye' breakout Antoni Porowski lands cookbook deal". Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  14. ^ Musiwa, Elaine (May 21, 2015). "Rich Timber and Warm Metals Transform a Brooklyn Apartment". Houzz. Retrieved March 10, 2018. Porowski is an actor, a chef and a vintage-furniture dealer
  15. ^ "'Queer Eye' Reboot Wins Top Reality Show Emmy". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ TaylorSwiftVEVO (2019-06-17), Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down, retrieved 2019-06-17
  17. ^ "People Magazine's Readers Pick 'Queer Eye' Star Antoni Porowski as Sexiest Reality Star of 2019". EDGE Media Network. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  18. ^ West, Amy (April 24, 2018). "Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski says his sexuality is fluid". Pink News. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  19. ^ Braidwood, Ella (December 13, 2018). "Antoni Porowski and boyfriend Trace Lehnhoff are Instagram official". Pink News. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Calderone, Ana (August 6, 2019). "Antoni Porowski and Flipping Out's Trace Lehnhoff Split After a Year of Dating". People. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "Meet Antoni Porowski's New Boyfriend, Kevin Harrington". YourTango. 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  22. ^ Law, Angela (July 5, 2019). "Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness' Joke Couple Instagram Account Just Won the Internet". Retrieved July 22, 2019.

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