What songs do France’s top chefs listen to in the kitchen?

What songs do France’s top chefs listen to in the kitchen?

As various tracks vie for the title of song of the summer, we go into the kitchens of some of France’s top food personalities to find out how music inspires their culinary creations. What are the musical ingredients that inspire them?


Cedric Grolet has been the pastry chef at Le Meurice since 2011. Photo: AFP

Cedric Grolet

Named 2018’s top pastry chef by World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Cedric Grolet, who counts over a million followers on Instagram for his artistic edible creations, tells us how he’s influenced by a range of artists including Ed Sheeran, Edith Piaf and Katy Perry.

What song or artist gives you an energy boost in the kitchen?

Nevermind by Dennis Lloyd.

What track do you like to listen to when cooking at home on a Sunday?

Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran.

What song or musical genre perfectly sums up your cooking?

La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf.

The Rubik’s Cube for Christmas 2017 by Grolet. Photo: AFP

What is your most rock ‘n’ roll dish or dessert?

The Rubik’s Cube cake.

In your opinion, what’s your biggest culinary hit?

The Noisette (a trompe l’oeil dessert that looks like a gilded hazelnut with chocolate, praline, hazelnut cream, and caramel).

What ingredient would you feature in your cooking as a guest star to create a new recipe around?

A pepper with some fruits.

Is there an artist who came to your restaurant and made a lasting impression?

Katy Perry.

Which artist would you like to cook for or do a duet with?

Rihanna.

What are you listening to on repeat at the moment?

Nevermind by Dennis Lloyd, as it happens.


Anne-Sophie Pic

Anne-Sophie Pic holds seven Michelin stars. Photo: AFP

Anne-Sophie Pic

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, who holds seven Michelin stars in total for her restaurants and counts locations in Valence and Paris, France as well as Lausanne, Switzerland, and London, tells us how she is influenced by artists ranging from Elton John to Mick Jagger.

What song or artist gives you an energy boost in the kitchen?

I’m Still Standing by Elton John. It’s impossible not to be transported by this song’s energy!

What track do you like to listen to while cooking at home on a Sunday?

Every Breath You Take by The Police, because it brings me a sense of tranquility.

What is your most rock ‘n’ roll dish or dessert?

“Tarbouriech oyster, like an Irish coffee” – for its surprising, explosive combination of flavours.

mick jagger

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Photo: Reuters

What is your biggest culinary hit, in your opinion?

The Berlingots, without a doubt.

What ingredient would you feature in your cooking as a guest star to create a new recipe around?

Herbs – I use these a lot in infusions, in my view, they are an endless source of inspiration. Along with my Hermes notebooks that accompany me in creating each new dish.

Is there any artist who came to your restaurant and made a lasting impression?

This takes me back a few years. I will always remember when Mick Jagger came to eat – I still have the photo that my father took! – AFP Relaxnews

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