If the recent music-themed episode of Mind of a Chef teaches us anything, it’s that Danny Bowien is a music nerd. This month's holiday special, dreamed up by the home audio company Sonos to accompany their new collaborative mixtape platform Playlist Potluck—in which we see Bowien and pals singing, reminiscing and putting together some pretty rad playlists—features the Mission Chinese Food chef waxing poetic about his dual loves of food and music. Here, we dig deeper into how music ties into his cooking and identity—and the best-ever potluck with Iñaki Aizpitarte, April Bloomfield and Sean Brock.
Food & Wine: Tell us about the Mind of a Chef episode—looks like you had an amazing dinner party!
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Danny Bowien: It was great. We’re about to do the next season of Mind of a Chef, which is awesome, and in the process an opportunity came up to work with Sonos. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but I’m always talking about food and music and how important they are to me. Being able to work with Sonos on the Mind of a Chef music special, and put together music with the other chefs, was amazing.