How Tim McGraw Won Faith Hill’s Heart with a Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings

by Suzanne Halliburton

As the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill romance story goes, the two met in 1994, but it just wasn’t the right time. Two years later, the pair toured together. Sparks flew. Within months, the country stars were married.

But it seems Hill initially ignored the sparks during McGraw’s aptly named Spontaneous Combustion Tour. She was engaged, after all. It took some down-home, southern cooking for the Louisiana boy to entice the Mississippi girl to go out with him. The couple talked about McGraw’s smooth cooking move during an interview on the “Bobby Bones” radio show from a few years back.

Hill said “he brought me chicken and dumplings. (He) came to my house (unannounced). He knocked on my door, and he had a bowl of homemade chicken dumplings.

With cornbread. Don’t forget the cornbread.

Hill continued: “He said, ‘I made these myself. They’re homemade from scratch.’ He had the bowl covered in aluminum foil, and he had a spoon and a fork on top of the bowl. He said, ‘I didn’t know if you liked to eat your dumplings with a spoon or a fork.'”

Yes, that’s your stomach growling. But seriously, what sane woman would turn down a home-cooked meal presented to her by a handsome man? McGraw’s singing and personality were like icing on this romantic cake.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bonded Over Family Circumstances

The two also had some similar emotional issues that connected them.

Hill was adopted. She told Billboard magazine she used to dream about being Elvis’ daughter. Her parents – Edna and Ted Perry – also had two biological sons.

McGraw grew up thinking his dad was someone else. He found out the true story when he was 11. He was messing around in his mother’s closet and discovered his birth certificate. The certificate listed Tug McGraw as his father. The elder McGraw was a Major League Baseball Star. He’d played for a minor league team in Jacksonville, Fla. That’s where he met McGraw’s mother when she was in high school.

McGraw said: “I knew I had that ­instability and dysfunction in me, from the way I grew up. And when I met Faith, I knew I needed her in my life–to keep me stable, solid and on track.”

The long-time married couple have three grown daughters.