World Chefs: Gonzales fuses food, music into celebration cooking

Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:01am EST
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and food have always been a big part of Dante Gonzales's life. so it is no surprise that the award-winning chef, caterer and party promoter managed to combine both worlds.

His love of music comes from his grandfather, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, who had a big hit with his recording of the jazz classic "Night Train," while his grandmother taught him to cook.

"I never set out to be a chef," said the 38-year-old Los Angeles-based chef, who has cooked for celebrities including actress Demi Moore, rapper Snoop Dogg and singer/songwriter Santigold.

His first cookbook "Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience," which includes 100 recipes, tips on equipping a pantry, basic tools, home-made spices and setting up a smoker, was published earlier this month.

Gonzales started his culinary career hosting underground dinner parties with music in New York and then did a web-based cooking show featuring musicians before launching his Ride or Fry food truck and pop-up stands and catering business.

He spoke to Reuters about fried chicken, his cross-culinary, eclectic style of cooking and his new book.

Q: How would you describe your style of cooking?

A: "I call it Transatlantic African. You would probably call it soul food or innovative or fusion soul food ... For me soul food, or southern food, or Dominican food, whatever you want to call it, is just an amalgamation of three different cultures. European, African and indigenous cultures ... I take food back to the basics."   Continued...

 
Chef Dante Gonzales smiles in London in this 2011 file photo. Music and food have always been a big part of Gonzales's life. so it is no surprise that the award-winning chef, caterer and party promoter managed to combine both worlds. REUTERS/Teddy Fitzhugh