For most chefs, cooking is an art form. So when Michael Voltaggio paired his culinary prowess with some musical inspiration recently, his dishes really came to life.
Ultimate foodie and former-chef-turned-hip-hop-star Action Bronson enlisted the help of the Top Chef alum for an experiment of sorts. After releasing his third album, he reached out to Michael to do a kitchen collaboration.
"Now that the album is out we're trying to get together a beautiful little display of visual art presented in food form to go along with the musical presentation," the artist, whose real name is Arian Arslani, explained. "I played a couple of songs and they just cooked what they felt."
What ensued was a culinary freestyle for the ages. After having random ingredients thrown in front of him, Michael cooked up some pretty impressive tastings. First up was an octopus and cauliflower shawarma, followed by a char siu lamb belly with beet sauce. Can you say yum?
The reaction from the rapper was pretty positive. "This is divine. Like, this is no joke," he exclaimed. "This was just created like we were f***ing around, but it works so beautifully, it's perfect."
Though tasked with just whipping something up, Michael explained that there's a method to the madness. "We try and think about how every ingredient is by itself, but what's it going to be like when you put it all together in your mouth?"
And now diners at Michael's Los Angeles based restaurant Ink may have something to look forward to—he teased that one of the off-the-cuff dishes may just make its way to the menu.
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