It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the USA without family, friends, music and most importantly, a table full of food. To get into the holiday spirit, we sat down with some of the most buzzed about chef’s in the business and will be revealing everything about how music influences their food, their favorite dishes and what’s on their personal playlists.
Who better to start with than Jonathan Waxman, dubbed by Jonathan Gold of the LA Times as the “Eric Clapton of chefs.” Waxman, a successful chef, restaurateur, author and two-time participant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters is a huge fan of Klipsch and just recently outfitted his new restaurant, Adele’s, in Nashville.
Here’s your inside look at what this professional chef will be listening to while his turkey is cooking this Thanksgiving.
What artists do you listen to when cooking?
Mozart, Tower of Power, Miles Davis, The Who, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band, The Crusaders, Ravel, Weather Report, etc.
Why do you listen to music when you are in the kitchen?
Same reason most do, it makes me cook better.
Does your music genre change based on what type of food you are preparing?
Sure, if I am by myself, very loud rock, blues, etc.
Thanksgiving – classical.
For an event – an eclectic mix.
How does music influence the dining experience?
Sometimes a good mix. Estela in NY has a perfect (for me) one that leads me to enjoy the experience and let me relax.
What music (cooking and eating) would you think pairs best with home-style fare like Thanksgiving?
We cook part of the meal outside, so we like loud 60's R&R and R&B. It makes the turkey taste better.
What music do you want to listen to when you are eating dessert?
What music do you want to listen to when you are finished and ready for your tryptophan-induced nap or desert wine?
Strange, football is kinda music to me.
Wine, beer or booze?
Margaritas', Chablis, Rosé and Barbaresco
What’s your favorite food to eat currently?
What’s your favorite food to cook currently?
Read or write?
Reading the Innovators by Walter Issacson
Favorite TV show?
Leave it to Beaver
Headphones: on ear, over ear or in ear?
Listening preference: CD, Vinyl, MP3?
What artists are next in queue on your playlist?
Stitched Up - John Mayer & Herbie Hancock
Looking for some additional playlist ideas for your holiday get together? Check back soon for more from our holiday music and food series featuring some of the best chefs in the country. What music do you play when cooking or eating during the holidays?
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