Regardless of their medium, great artists appreciate great artists. That’s one of the things we learned while putting together Fall For Food, and it inspired us to find out what the best chefs listen to while creating culinary masterpieces. First up in our series is Dale Talde, a former Top Chef All-Star who has lit up the NYC dining scene with two Brooklyn restaurants—the Asian-American-themed TALDE and the just-opened roadhouse-style bar Pork Slope. The rising star will be headlining an NYC Wine & Food Festival event next weekend. But first, his five favorite tunes. Click the button below to listen to the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.*
1. “Ms. Fat Booty” by Mos Def
“Mos Def is the original, O.G. hipster and this beat is just dope.”
2. “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah
“If this song doesn’t get you pumped and nodding your head, then you’re dead.”
3. “10 Crack Commandments” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“I love this song because it’s motivational. He may be rapping about a “niche market” in this song, but Biggie was really telling you how to be a smart businessman. Could apply to selling vacuums or opening restaurants. This song is dope.”
4. “I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common
“For those nostalgic moods, I listen to this track because it’s basically how I feel about hip hop today. The 90s were a golden era, and I want that old thing back.”
5. “Stakes is High” by De La Soul
“This is a feel-good song because it came out exactly when I graduated from high school and always brings me back to those days.”
*Aaliyah’s song is not on Spotify. We’re calling shenanigans.