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Science may have figured out what sweetness sounds like, but there's still one thing we're kind of wondering: who is blasting Nas from the kitchen of our favorite restaurant? According to the New York Times, it's the chef. Since we've already extrapolated on the eating habits, personal lives, and various tattoo collections of our generation's rising tide of culinary celebs, it's about time we got down to their listening habits. Nirvana? Bach? Azealia?

If you're Jesse Schenker, the 29-year-old chef behind the West Village bistro Recette, it's Nine Inch Nails or Metallica. ("If a server needs something from me, and I'm in the middle of an air-guitar lick, I'm going to finish it before I respond," he says.) Meanwhile, Eddie Huang's restaurant on E. 14th Steet is just as known for it's hip-hop as its pork buns: "The most upset I’ve ever been at Baohaus is when I walked in and someone was playing Taylor Swift."

Hearing from all our favorite cooks has us wondering, though, what about our readers? What's your go-to kitchen soundtrack? Let us know!

Who’s Rocking to the Music? That’s the Chef from NYT Dining

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I always have music on. Except when I'm sleeping. Right now I'm listening to my Pandora "Loser" radio. Cool stuff. I've got a bajillion different stations, but this is probably my favorite.


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I like happy upbeat stuff - often the Subdudes, Imelda May, Poi Dog Pondering, The Gourds, Pink Martini, stuff like that. Mr L is usually driving the music so he will play stuff I like and then I can also call out requests. I have been known to sing too ... regardless of skill or quality


over 3 years ago nzle

I love listening to music I know by heart and love (Graceland, The Smiths' first album, The Shins' early albums) in the kitchen. I end up singing along without realizing it, which weirdly helps me concentrate better on my cooking.


over 3 years ago nzle

Also sometimes I intentionally put on a 30-minute album knowing that by the time it's halfway over, I'll be done kneading the dough for a loaf of bread.