When Chef Ferry van Houten is not busy whipping up decadent dishes at Het Bosch, a much revved about waterfront restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands, his gastronomic skills make way for his other passion – music.
“I can tell you that music has been a passion all my life. In the years I started my career in Amsterdam, it was hard, hard work and there was no time for hobbies or other leisure,” van Houten told us.
As his career advanced, his role in the restaurant shifted, and there was enough time for him to explore his love for music. Thanks to his awesome wife, he got a DJ course from her as a present for his 50th birthday. “When we re-built Het Bosch in 2010, I wanted music to be more important in my restaurant, and hired a DJ for every Friday and Saturday during dinner,” recalled the Dutch chef-owner of French-international restaurant Het Bosch, whose motto is “No mise en place without the radio on”. "From this came the idea to start our own radio station, Het Bosch Waterfront Radio, which has been online for three years now and a great success!”
Today, besides working as an internationally renowned chef, he is also a frequent guest DJ in clubs. He had a gig attended by 14,000 people in Rotterdam last April, and was the kick-off DJ for the international DJ-meets-orchestra-concert Symphony31.
For 2Mag, van Houten comes up with a playlist to go with his lip-smacking dishes he served at the 5th edition of SO Amazing Chefs 2016 at SO Sofitel Bangkok during November 11-18, 2016.
1. Toasted caramelized sandwich with foie gras: Remix of “Africa” by Toto
“Smooth tune with vocals of the last decade fit the memorable taste of caramel and foie gras. This tune will tempt you to kick start the dish, but when you think the beat is about to hit off, you are thrown back to the easy intro beats. It’s the same way as how we want you to enjoy the sandwich: every bite will tease you over and over again with its sweet and salty flavors.”
2. Wagyu and foie gras roll with ponzu and truffle: “Wrong” by Claptone
“The upbeat mood is evident with this great dish which has ultimate flavors with salty truffle tones. The unexpected way the song eventually “hits off” is in parallel with the style we create the Wagyu roll. While the dish is inspired by Asian and French cuisine, the song also has two sides: firm and harsh, but tender and funny.”
3. Asparagus ‘en crôute’ with Maltese sauce: Michael Jackson’s songs.
A classical dish at the start of my career as a chef in the kitchen of Paul Bocuse in France, such a classic dish deserves a great and timeless artist – Michael Jackson, but as a classic remixed version with today’s sound, just like how we make this dish. The song starts with a slow, firm beat with Michael’s voice from the 80’s when he was part of The Jackson 5. His songs inspired me to make this classical dish of the 80’s when I was learning in the kitchen of Paul Bocuse. The sweet and sour flavor of lemon and orange in the sauce which will make you remember this dish.
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