'Queer Eye' Star Antoni Shares How He'll Soundtrack His New West Village Eatery


Growing up, Antoni Porowski would watch the PBS present Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home on Saturday mornings as a substitute of cartoons. He liked how the 2 would have enjoyable with meals, “[they taught me] it doesn’t must be this pretentious, stuffy factor,” and says he was instantly impressed.

Now, Porowski, 30, is named the meals and wine professional on Netflix’s Queer Eye, however he’s additionally one thing of a music authority. The Canadian character, who’s filming the present’s third season in Kansas City, Mo., shows his love of bands like The Strokes and The National onscreen by carrying their tees. As for what he's into at present? Everything from newcomers like LANY and lovelytheband, to Childish Gambino, Robyn and Troye Sivan.

Ahead of opening his health-conscious, comfort-food-inspired eatery, Village Den, this month in his adopted house of New York, Porowski's ardour for music helped him curate a particular soundtrack. He explains the way to set the correct temper with music.


“My first waitering job was at a restaurant opened by chef Chuck Hughes -- he’s an enormous punk-rock fan. They at all times performed lots of Wolf Parade, Kasabian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was this badass expertise. I need to try this in our personal, very New York-focused approach. I positively need to have Blondie [on the playlist]; The Strokes, whom I like a lot; The National.”


“Sometimes you need to hearken to Joni Mitchell on a wet day once you’re sitting and having a meatloaf with a ketchup-brown mustard crust. But I don’t need the music we play to be an excessive amount of of 1 factor, like the way in which that our menu isn't stored too paleo, vegan, pescatarian. It’s for everybody.”


“I bear in mind precisely the place I used to be once I first heard ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis -- at my household’s Polish camp as a child, and I used to be crying. Music creates this all-encompassing expertise that's simply as essential as meals. It must be loud sufficient for folks to listen to and bear in mind the songs, however not be overwhelming.”


“We have a encompass speaker system, however I don’t need it to be large, woofer-heavy bass. I would like the music to be one thing that hits you the way in which that, for instance, an Aleppo pepper does, the place it’s not tremendous intense, nevertheless it’s a part of the entire taste profile.”    

This article initially appeared within the Sept. 15 difficulty of Billboard.