The James Beard Awards (the “Oscars of the food world”) are tonight and last week Bon Appetit interviewed almost every single one of the nominated chefs, asking them a variety of interesting questions. One of them being “What’s your favorite music to cook to?” Here are their answers:
- Michael Cimarusti, Los Angeles (Providence) - Levon Helm Electric Dirt
- Cathal Armstrong, Alexandria VA (Restaurant Eve) - Silence of the Lambs SDTK
- Johnny Monis, D.C. (Komi) - If I have the entire kitchen to myself, M Ward Transistor Radio. If I need to pick up the pace just a half step, Bright Eyes Digital Ash In a Digital Urn
- Maricel Presilla, Hoboken NJ (Chucharamama) - Esteban Salas Cuban baroque music by Cathedral choir of my hometown, Santiago de Cuba, when I am creating new dishes; loud Brazilian Timbalada or fast-paced Vallenato from Colombia when I am wrapping tamales.
- Krista Kern Desjarlais, Portland, ME (Bresca) - Lou Reed American Poet
- Matt Jennings, Providence RI (La Laiterie) - It’s a tie between Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts Of The Great Highway, The Pianist Soundtrack, and Bad Brain’s self-titled 1982 album.
The latest issue of Rolling Stone (Best of Rock 2011) crowns Nashville, TN the best music scene in the country and part of it is the restaurants:
There are plenty of amazing cheap eats in town: [Black Keys’ Patrick] Carney suggests the fried avocado tacos at Mas Tacos, while Ke$ha recommends the meat and three platter at Arnold’s - “unless you don’t want to suffer a heart attack”. The Kings [of Leon’s] Nathan Followill swears by “the bison burger with truffle fries” at Burger Up. Jack White and wife Karen Elson are brunch regulars at Marche; for fine dining, hit City House, a farm to table haunt that serves moonshine and hosts the Kings, Gillian Welch and Mumford & Sons. Taylor Swift prefers a lighter snack: “I love the Blue Chair granola yogurt parfait at Fido.”
Photo of deep fried avocado tacos courtesy of Green Olive Media