ACCLAIMED CHEF / MUSICIAN
With three restaurants, a Michelin star and 18 Iron Chef wins to his credit, you’d think Marc Forgione never thought about anything other than cooking. You’d be wrong – turns out the world-renowned chef is actually a pretty skilled guitarist as well.
“Coming up with a great dish to me is very similar to figuring out how to play a great song.” says the chef-slash-axeman. “It’s a very similar kind of satisfaction.” Another thing his secondary passion grants him: balance. “I think the music influences my cooking because it’s opened my mind to letting go a little bit. It makes me relax, and I think that my creative process is a lot more successful when I’m in a relaxed state.”
Solid advice. Play on, Forge.