Rock n’ roll and cooking. The two go together like peanut butter and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. Actually the pairing is more common than you might think. Both aspiring rockers and chefs spend long hours learning their crafts in unsafe working conditions, thrive on spontaneous creativity, and aspire to send their audiences into a state of pleasure-driven bliss. Add to that the fact that many a musician has found kitchen work over the years, some even going on to become renowned world class chefs, and it’s no wonder there’s a podcast named Food Is The New Rock that obsesses on all things food and music.
Over the past few years the popularity of the Food Network, cooking shows and web entities dedicated to the culinary arts has soared. In the middle of all this, some pretty famous (and some not so famous) musicians have gotten in the galley and shown what they can do with a carving knife and some herbs. With America’s only holiday based almost entirely on food days away, let’s review some of the most unforgettable appearances by musicians on cooking shows.
Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
The king of desert rock has professed his admiration for the punk rock loving chef and showed him around his arid locale as well as appeared on his holiday special.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and Mario Batali on Iconoclasts
The trendsetting Italian chef and the alt rock icon are good friends and appeared on the Sundance channel TV series where they cooked and talked and ate.
Paul McCartney Making Mashed Potatoes
Ever wonder how Macca fills up? Wonder no more as he shows you how to make mashed potatoes with all the charm we’ve come to expect from the former Beatle.
Tenacious D On Food is the New Rock Podcast
Hard rock funnymen Jack Black and Kyle Gass are but a two of the musicians who have appeared on this free podcast where hosts Zach Brooks and Chuck P “talk food and music with musicians and food people who like music and food.”
The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Cooking with Rockstars
Started in 2002 by Jennifer Niederst Robbins, this web series brought together her twin passions of music and food and hosted such indie rockers as St. Vincent, The Dresden Dolls and these Swedish rockers during its 6 year run.
Doyle From The Misfits On Rock N Roll Cooking with Sal Bee
The former guitarist for the legendary horror-core band hangs out with homeboy Sal Bee and tries to cooks up some Halloween-themed delicacies which accommodate the guitarist’s vegan diet on this web series.
Vegan Black Metal Chef
This Youtuber combines a love of cruelty-free cuisine with a dedication to the dark arts of Satanic black metal. Set in a dungeon, all recipes are sung over surging and symphonic black metal in a properly guttural properly
Bowling For Soup On Rock Star Kitchen
The pop punk band is one of many who appeared on this syndicated TV show featuring musician Lisa Bouchelle and chef Tony Clark.
Dinner With The Band
Brooklyn-based chef Sam Mason hosts this show on the IFC channel which welcomes musicians and creates recipes and cockatails in their honor, such as Sharon Steaks and The Dap Rings for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings or Les Savy Pheasant for Les Savy Fav.