Rob Rubba, photo by Laura Hayes

Like cage fighters or politicians with fist-pumping walk-out songs, chefs have go-to tracks that get them fired up to feed the masses. Often, a restaurant kitchen’s “theme song” is the last tune that plays before the doors swing open to the public for service. Fourteen chefs were willing to share their songs. Stream it as a playlist on Spotify: 

Kyle Bailey, Sixth Engine: Alice in Chains, “Them Bones”

Hamilton Johnson, Honeysuckle: The Darkness, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

Jonathan Dearden, Radiator: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”

Ryan Hackney, Bibiana: Desiigner, “Panda”

Travis Weiss, Rebellion: Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, “Whiskey Drinking Song”

Anthony Lombardo, The Hamilton: The Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, “Alexander Hamilton”

Rob Rubba, Hazel: KRS-One, “Step into a World”

Joe Palma, Bourbon Steak: George Strait, “Amarillo by Morning”

Jesse Miller, Bar Pilar: ATMOSPHERE, “Get Fly”

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple: Rihanna, “Needed Me”

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve: U2, “Bad”

Andrew Markert, Beuchert’s Saloon:Pearl Jam, “Corduroy”

Ryan Ratino, Masa 14: Flo Rida, “My House”

Victor Albisu, Del Campo: Pearl Jam, “Given to Fly”