How does music influence your kitchen and your cooking? I was reading an article about chefs and their music choices and how it affects their kitchens. I've worked in many kitchens where chef's "DO NOT ALLOW" music in their kitchens and I've also worked in kitchens where music sets the tone before the rush. So it leaves the question, does music influence your kitchen or how you cook? I think that listening to different types of music truly reflects your food. Listening to some old blues while cooking will make me focus on dark colors, heavy aromatics, and soft textures, while listening to fast paced music like house, techno, or drum and bass might pump me up to move faster and knock out some serious production for a busy night. I really enjoy writing menus to "Mozart" or "Beethoven" because it relaxes me to think of what food is as a whole and how to manipulate it into something complex. There is a time and place for music in the kitchen has been what I've come to believe. I think that music should be playing during the prep work and once the rush of cooking is over. I'm a solid believer in no music during the execution of the night. It becomes a distraction that will fluster the cooks and make the food/guests suffer. Whether it's tejano, reggae, punk, or hardcore rock, music is one of the best tools for creating a positive work environment in the kitchen. It gives people from different backgrounds a chance to showcase their culture and preferences. Imagine cooking in 120 degrees while moving so fast you zone out or washing pots and pans for hours on end, wouldn't you enjoy listening to something to escape or relax?