Food is the New Rock

Zach & Chuck say farewell to 2013 and reminisce about their favorite episodes of the year. And, just a reminder... you still have a few more days to sign up to win our Holiday Gift Guide prize pack, which includes a Sonos Play3, a Cool Culinaria vintage print, a Turntable Kitchen pairings box featuing a ltd edition 7" by Local Natives, Roy Choi's new book "L.A. Son" and a brand new Food is the New Rock t-shirt by Flavour Gallery.  To register to win just like us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter. Have a Happy New Year and see you in 2014!  

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Ep. 74 - Noma chef Rene Redzepi was in the states promoting his new book "A Work in Progress", and was kind enough to come to Bronson Island to talk music and creativity with us. He tells us how he added music to the kitchen to pump up his staff before and during service, and why he asked Lars Ulrich from Metallica to write the intro to his new book. Rene also talks about growing up poor in Denmark and how big a deal it was to buy his first albums- which were Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera and David Bowie's soundtrack to Laybryinth. Rene also tries to turn Zach onto Einstürzende Neubauten, and admits that meeting Alice Waters was more exciting to him than any musician he's ever met or cooked for.

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Ep. 73 - On this week's podcast we welcome Nerdist's MATT MIRA to Bronson Island for our annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE EPISODE.  We talk guitars, doughnuts, and Gordon Ramsay and at the end of the episode Chuck, Zach, Matt and Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA recommend the best gifts to buy the music and food lover in your life.  Plus one lucky listener will win a prize pack which includes:

  • A Sonos Play 3 w/ bridge courtesy of Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi 
  • A pairings box from Turntable Kitchen featuring recipes, a few ingredients, a limited edition exclusive 7" and an 18-20 "mix tape" of MP3's curated by Matt & Kasey from Turntable Kitchen.
  • An 11" x 14" vintage restaurant menu print from Cool Culinaria
  • Our newly designed Food is the New Rock T-Shirt available now from Flavour Gallery
  • And more!!!

To enter to win just like our Food is the New Rock Facebook page, and sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Already on both?  Then you're already entered to win! 

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Ep. 72 - New Orleans chef Donald Link is this week's podcast guest, the last in our series of episodes from the Life is Beautiful music and food festival in Las Vegas.  We talk about the two most important things to anybody who lives in New Orleans: music and food. He tells us about his dad's record collection and hi-fi set up, the band he played with in college, and how much he loves the Allman Brothers and Kiss.  Donald Link is the executive chef and owner of Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher and Peche in New Orleans, and the author of the cookbook Real Cajun.

This week's episode was sponsored by the Palms Casino and Resort, who graciously put us up in Las Vegas the weekend of the festival so that we could record these episodes.  

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Ep. 71 - Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon and his wife Singer Songwriter Jessie Baylin join us for this year's Thanksgiving Spectacular, thanks to last year's Thanksgiving guest Michelle Branch.  We hear about how the Followills will be spending Thanksgiving this year at the KOL country ranch (spoiler: caviar will be involved.)  They also tell us their favorite places to eat while on tour, from Portland to Charleston, Los Angeles, Austin, and of course Nashville- where they live.  Plus Nathan admits to doing something unbelievable in the middle of a meal at El Bulli in Spain, which might be the best restaurant story we've ever heard on the podcast.  

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Ep. 70 - French Chef Hubert Keller is known mostly as the Chef/Owner of Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and Las Vegas, plus his stint on Top Chef Masters.  But did you also know he is a house DJ?  We sat down with him at the Life is Beautiful festival in Vegas to talk about how he got into DJing, what instruments he played growing up (spoiler: accordion is mentioned), and how he grew up listening to American music whose lyrice he couldn't understand. Plus he shared a great early story about legendary Chef Charlie Trotter, who passed away suddenly last week at the age of 54.  

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Ep. 69 - We kick off Life is Beautiful month here on the Food is the New Rock podcast w/ Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, who sat down with us last weekend at his Las Vegas restaurant Heritage Steak in the Mirage to talk music before Day 1 of the Life is Beautiful music and food festival.  He tells us about his guitar collection, what it was like to fish with Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, and admits to doing his best work when he was in his 20s (just like most musicians.)  Also, we don't want to spoil it, but Tom's first concert was probably the best we've ever heard on this podcast. 

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Ep. 68 - Hannah and Christian from Grouplove invite us into their home to talk Halloween candy, pizza and their Chipotle VIP cards. Hannah tells us about growing up on a farm, and Christian recounts his time working as a bartender for Danny Meyer in New York. Plus they admit (for the first time publicly, we believe) that they recently turned vegan!  Their album Spreading Rumors, featuring the hit song "Ways to Go", is out now.  

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Ep. 67 - We continue with part two of last week's episode, bringing in Ryan and Matt from Grill 'em All (winners of the Great Food Truck Race in 2010) to join Scott from Weezer.  We talk about Dee Snider (both the burger and the man), Winger, and Metallica (naturally).  Plus they tell us about their collaborations with Zak Wylde. Get more info about their brick and mortar at

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Ep. 66 - Weezer's bassist Scott Shriner is a burger aficionado, so we met him at his favorite burger place in L.A. (Grill 'em All) to talk burgers, pizza and milkshakes.  We also talk cronuts, his mongolian BBQ strategy, and he admits that his favorite burger in Japan is McDonald's. This is actually just part 1 of 2.  At the end of this episode we invite the two guys from Grill 'em All to join the party and talk METAL.  So you have that to look forward to next week... 

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