"Music, it drives me almost more than food," celebrity chef Mario Batali tells U2's the Edge early in their conversation together. As a way to bridge and explore his two passions, Batali created Feedback Kitchen, an online interview series where the chef and artists like the Edge, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Patti Smith, Perry Farrell and Josh Groban "explore creativity, creation and the similarities between food and music." All five episodes of Batali's Feedback Kitchen premiered Monday on Dailymotion.
In the Edge's visit to Feedback Kitchen's industrial setting in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the guitarist recounts the time when the riff for U2's "Desire" spontaneously came to him. The Edge kept strumming the riff again and again on his acoustic guitar when, suddenly, his doorbell rang. As the Edge tells Batali, he refused to answer the door, as he was worried the chords would leave him if he abandoned his guitar without at least recording the melody.
While the conversations usually revolve around music, halfway through these interviews, Batali hits the kitchen to make some lunch for his guests. In the case of Flea, the chef prepares the bassist "a simple sardines lunch, because I know you like them." When the two aren't discussing the taste qualities of salt, they talk about the need to keep egos in check when in a musical collaboration, which is good advice coming from the man in the long-running Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Visit Dailymotion for Batali's interviews with Patti Smith, Josh Groban and Perry Farrell. "Perry sees the world through such a unique and fascinating lens that is full of wonder and curiosity," Batali told Rolling Stone about meeting the Jane's Addiction rocker. "He is the perfect conversationalist and very appreciative of good food and wine."