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Chefs Are Rock Stars

Posted Feb 12, 2016

Long gone are the days of chefs hidden away in kitchens.  Chefs are the new rock stars: starring in TV shows, gracing the covers of magazines, and even filling live theaters.  

It's fitting then, as we prepare to serve the guests at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, that we asked a few of our chefs to think back on their own musical memories, remembering the first album they bought and first concert they attended.  A few of our chefs were willing to share these memories.  Some chefs were proud of their answers, some were a bit embarrassed...but all are rock stars in their own right.

Chef Mark Mabry - American Airlines Center
First album: Duran Duran
First concert: Oingo Boingo

Chef Michael Snoke - Chase Field
First album: Motley Crue, "Shout at the Devil"
First concert: Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark at the Moon" tour

Chef Leo Dominguez - Arrowhead Field
First album: Steve Miller Band, "Fly Like an Eagle"
First concert: Foreigner 4 at the Tucson (AZ) Community Center

Chef Lamar Nolden - The Palace of Auburn Hills
First album: Rick James and the Stone City Band, "Come Get It!"
First concert: Parliament Funkadelic, "The Mothership Connection" tour

Chef Matt DelRegno - Cleveland Convention Center
First album: Nirvana, "Nevermind"
First concert: Buzzard-Palooza, 1994.  
"Buzzard-Palooza was an all-day concert at the Nautica Stage.  Collective Soul, Junkhouse, and Fury in the Slaughterhouse all played, but the concert was cut short after turning into a "rock-and-bottle-throwing melee."  Cleveland Police wearing riot gear cleared the venue just as headliner Green Day was taking the stage.  For the record, I wasn't throwing rocks and bottles."

Chef Nick Klug - Philips Arena and Atlanta Motor Speedway
First album: Duane Allman, "An Anthology"
First concert: Lollapalooza 1997 in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin

Chef Boyd Velasquez - Rio Tinto Stadium
First album: Metallica, "The Black Album"
First concert: Mana

Chef Kyle Maag - Rio Tinto Stadium
First album: The Smashing Pumpkins, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"
First concert - Warped Tour, 1999
Note: Chef Kyle didn't technically purchase his first album; he stole it from his older brother.

Chef Lincoln Engstrom - Texas Motor Speedway
First album: The Police, "Zenyatta Mondatta"
First concert: The Police at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York in 1982

Chef Jason Tingley - Dodger Stadium
First album: Cat Stevens, "Foreigner"
First concert: Barry Manilow at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in 1978
"Not by choice, but the first concert I attended was Barry Manilow at the Greek Theater in Hollywood in 1978.  My mother, sister, and aunt took me.  I still have the displeasure of remembering my sister and her friends doing a Copacabana reenactment in our living room, as I was a forced attendee.  So now when I hear the song, I always call my sister and ask if she would be willing to make another stellar performance for me."

Chef Nick Santangelo - Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
First album: The Rolling Stones, "Hot Rocks"
First concert: Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys

Chef Jason Steidle - XCel Energy Center
First album: Bon Jovi, "Slippery When Wet"
First concert: Radiohead/REM

Chef Josh Peterson - Motor Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum
First album: Boyz II Men, "II"
First concert: Garth Brooks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Chef Larry Macomber - Oregon State University
First concert: Jackson 5 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon

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