The Love Island contestants eat a variety of things on the show (Picture: ITV)
Love Island 2021 is finally underway but the show still has us begging one important question: What do they eat during their time in the villa?
While we rarely see the contestants eating during their time on the show, this doesn’t mean that they don’t. After all, they’re potentially in there for eight weeks and we can imagine they’d get a little bit peckish in that time.
As we learned ahead of the start of the series, plenty of eating does go on behind the scenes.
Show bosses wanted to make sure that arguing over food and writing a shopping list didn’t become part of the show a la Big Brother, so the islanders have their meals cooked for them.
From having McFlurries ordered in to meals with producers, read on to find out what the Islanders have at their disposal when it comes to mealtimes.
What do Love Island contestants eat in the villa?
Every morning it is up to the Islanders to make their own breakfast and lunch, with the villa kitchen constantly being restocked with snacks and drinks so that contestants are never left hungry.
Food such as bread, cereal and eggs (who can forget when Jamie made Camilla a birthday breakfast?) are stored in the kitchen for them to use when they like.
During dinner time, things really get interesting though, as the Islanders have a variety of different foods at their disposal.
A catering station is put up in the villa’s grounds, with chefs on standby to prepare food for the competitors as well as the entire production staff, which usually consists of salads and barbecued meats.
After his stint on the show in 2019, Anton Danyluk revealed producers had also been delivering them McDonald’s McFlurries on a weekly basis.
Speaking to Heat magazine he said: ‘We needed that. We really did. I think it was about once a week we were getting them.
Jack and Dani previously enjoyed a romantic breakfast (Picture: ITV)
‘I had a few chicken nuggets here and there.’
The 2017 Love Island winner, Amber Davies, said the contestants also get to choose off a menu that is given to them.
She told The Sun: ‘You get to eat a selection of food and it’s lovely food. You do get to choose what to eat, and it all comes in separate containers.’
Olivia Attwood – who came third with Chris Hughes in the 2017 series – said they often ate dinner with producers, who insist conversation is kept to a minimum.
‘When we have dinner, it’s like them telling us we need to clean the bedroom, that laundry day is tomorrow and asking us what we want for our breakfast the next day, all just things that make the house run smoothly,’ the also told The Sun.
The reason we don’t get to see the contestants eat during their time on the show is simple, there simply isn’t time to show mealtimes on camera.
The drinking of Islanders is monitored by producers (Picture: ITV)
An ITV spokesperson explained: ‘Unfortunately we can’t show everything as we’re confined to a one-hour show each night!’
How much alcohol are the Islanders allowed?
Former contestant Liana Isadora Van-Riel, who was on the show in 2016, told The Sun: ‘You’re allowed one or two drinks a night, either wine or beer, no spirits.’
Despite this, producers have insisted there’s no set limit on alcohol but contestants aren’t allowed to get as drunk as they want.
They explained that they judge the amount of alcohol consumed ‘on a case-by-case basis’.
Producers told the Huffington Post: ‘We’re really careful they don’t have too much to drink. We’re responsible about it.’
Love Island airs on ITV2 every evening at 9pm other than on Saturdays.
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