What 'The Bachelor' Contestants Really Eat In The Mansion

We already know the contestants on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorettedon't eat on camera.

The noise from the chewing is too loud, so a dramatic or romantic conversation is held over a decadent meal that never gets touched.

So, if the contestants aren't eating the food on dates, what are they eating in the mansion? And when? Well, we did some investigating to find out.

What do the contestants on "The Bachelor" really eat?


While being locked away in a mansion for three months doesn't sound awful, it's not as glamorous as it may seem.

Other than being supplied with unlimited, free alcohol, the contestants have to fend for themselves when it comes to preparing meals.

But hey, at least they get to practice some domestic skills "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" might be looking for in a significant other. Right?

There's no in-house chef, no grocery shopping, no going out to eat and no food delivery service.

There's just the food supplied in the pantry and fridge, combined with the contestants' own ability (or lack thereof) to cook.

But the mansion is stocked with a ton of food, so it's not like they're going hungry (unless they really can't cook).

Ashley Spivey, a contestant on Season 11, revealed to Refinery 29,

There are always lots of veggies, fruit, sandwich meat, bread, eggs, yogurt, cereal and frozen pizza.

Apparently, there's a “handler” on the show who takes care of daily grocery runs. So if the house is running low on popcorn, it's added to a growing list the handler takes with them on the next grocery run.

Personally, we think that'd be a pretty dope job.

According to Refinery 29, most of the contestants eat yogurt or eggs for breakfast, make salads or sandwiches for lunch and whip something else up for dinner.


It would be ideal if one of the contestants was a trained chef. Then, that person could cook for the house and practice their skill. It would be a win-win!

Spivey also said,

We were responsible for making all of our meals in the house... Dinner would be prepared by whoever felt like cooking for everyone.

It makes sense the contestants have to cook for themselves. The contestants could have allergies, or certain dietary restrictions that need to be monitored. It's almost easier this way.

So wait, are the contestants cooking all the time?!


No, not all the time. Refinery 29 says certain instances are catered, like during the rose ceremonies. It was also revealed the production staff (occasionally) orders in dinner as a treat, like In-N-Out. See, it's not all bad.

What about when they travel?!


Traveling is a different story.

When the contestants have to travel, they get used to ordering room service and eating hotel food. And that can be kind of limiting, especially for contestants with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Spivey explained,

The most unhealthy part of the whole trip for me was when we were sequestered before the first rose ceremony. You are pretty much locked in and can only order room service for every meal. The hotel we were at didn't have the healthiest options and I literally ate a burger and fries for days.

It really is too bad they aren't allowed to go to local restaurants while traveling to exotic places because, well, that's the best part.

So while the amenities of the show look glamorous on the outside, the contestants are basically living in a fraternity or sorority house without a chef.

The only real perk the contestants have is unlimited booze. Ugh, what a college student would give to have that amenity in Greek life housing.

Citations: Here's What Contestants On 'The Bachelor' Eat (Refinery 29)