10 Musicians Turned Chefs: Kelis, Snoop Dogg, Trisha Yearwood & More

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Kelis attends Spotify's inaugural Secret Genius Awards at Vibiana Cathedral on Nov. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles.

The abandonment of the 9-5 grind, the constant rush of adrenaline and the carte blanche to act like a diva in the name of creativity. It's perhaps little wonder that many musicians feel comfortable transferring their skills from the stage to the kitchen. And we're not just talking about rustling up a post-show snack here -- a whole host of musicians have embraced the culinary world wholeheartedly, whether it's opening their own restaurant, publishing a recipe book or staking their claim as the new Julia Child with a TV cooking show.

As R&B queen Kelis attempts to bring all the stoners to the yard with a new Netflix food contest, here's a look at 10 of the music scene's most dedicated gastronomes.


Few musicians have embraced their culinary passion with as much gusto as Kelis -- her last album, Food, even featured songs titled "Friday Fish Fry," "Jerk Ribs" and "Biscuits n' Gravy." The "Milkshake" star trained as a saucier at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in between making 2006's Kelis Was Here and 2010's Flesh Tone. And she subsequently showed what she'd learned with the launch of her own Feast sauce line in 2013 and her very own Cooking Channel TV show, Saucy and Sweet, a year later. The recent Masked Singer UK contestant has served SXSW festival-goers at her own food truck, published the cookbook My Life on a Plate and been appointed as the host of Cooked with Cannabis, a new Netflix series where "weed is a seasoning rather than the reason."

Snoop Dogg

Certainly no stranger to cannabis edibles, hip-hop's biggest stoner even has his own range of the stuff as part of his Leafs by Snoop brand. You therefore may be shocked to learn that his book, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen, doesn't contain even the slightest hint of Mary Jane. Instead, the West Coast veteran advises on how to make the best comfort food including candied bacon, spaghetti and meatballs and fried chicken. He no doubt got some tips himself from a bona fide TV cookery icon. Snoop first met Martha Stewart when he appeared on her self-titled show and the pair later developed a highly unlikely friendship, co-hosting three seasons of VH1's Emmy-nominated Potluck Dinner Party.

Action Bronson

Burly, bearded rapper Action Bronson is arguably just as renowned for his insatiable appetite as his unashamedly filthy rhymes. The Queens native has toured the world reviewing everything from octopus tacos in Copenhagen to jerk chicken in Jamaica for three seasons of his Viceland show F***, That's Delicious. He's also invited names as diverse as Gilbert Gottfried, Sally Jessy Raphael and Wyclef Jean to join him in the kitchen on a self-titled culinary talk show for the same network and worked on a cookbook with award-winning food writer Rachel Wharton. The MC is more qualified than most of his fellow musical moonlighters – before forging a career in hip-hop he studied at the Art Institute of NYC's culinary program.

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio have launched several Cuban-themed eateries in their beloved Miami hometown, including the chain known as Estefan Kitchen and the award-winning Larios on the Beach. In 2008 the entrepreneurial couple added a cookbook, Estefan's Kitchen, to their portfolio specializing in Cuban dishes such as papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes), pollo asado (roast chicken) and natillas (custard dessert). The three-time Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper's family has a rich tradition when it comes to cuisine – her great-grandfather Pantaleón served as head chef for not just one but two Cuban presidents.

Trisha Yearwood

Country icon Trisha Yearwood has co-written several cookbooks with her sister and mother which pass down their family's food traditions. Unfortunately, not everyone is fan of their gut-busting content. In fact, thanks to recipes such as jalapeno hushpuppies, sweet potato pudding and a breakfast dish dedicated to husband Garth Brooks that makes Elvis' look nutritional in comparison, 2010's Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood was once condemned by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Undeterred, the multi-talented star has continued to promote her cholesterol-laden style across no fewer than 12 seasons of the Daytime Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen.


Never afraid to blow his own trumpet, wild-haired rapper-turned-food guru Coolio once described himself as "the black Rachael Ray." But it's hard to imagine the domestic goddess delivering such pearls of gastronomic wisdom as, "Leave the eggs to bathe for 15 minutes in the hot water like a sexy Swedish chick in a natural mineral sauna." You'll find plenty more where that came from in 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price, a recipe book filled with strangely titled concoctions such as Tricked-Out Westside Tilapia, Karate Meat and Bro-ghetti. The "Gangsta's Paradise" hitmaker first showcased his unique culinary talents on his Cooking with Coolio YouTube channel where he also claimed to have invented hybrid cuisines like Blottish (Black Scottish), Blitalian (Black Italian) and Blasian (you guessed it, Black Asian).

Patti LaBelle

The Rolling Stones, Prince and a pre-fame Elton John are just a few of the star names who've been treated to a slap-up meal cooked by vocal legend Patti LaBelle over the years. And in the late 1990s she gave the general public the opportunity to enjoy her calorific Southern style with a cookbook, Recipes to Sing About, featuring dishes such as Geechee Ya Gumbo, Say My Name Smothered Chicken and Gravy and Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese. LaBelle has since published a further four cookbooks, hosted her own Cooking Channel show and launched a range of desserts and soul foods sold exclusively in Walmart, with her sweet potato pie even going viral thanks to one particularly enthusiastic fan.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware is a very modern type of celebrity cook. Alongside her mother Lennie, the sophisticated soul singer is behind one of the UK's most successful food-based podcasts, Table Manners. Ware co-created the hour-long celebration of home cooked meals mixed with celebrity chat in 2017 after briefly falling out of love with music. And it's since taken on a life of its own, with Nigella Lawson, Ed Sheeran and David Schwimmer just a few of the major names who have popped round to her East London home for a three-course meal. The Wares have recently published an accompanying cookbook featuring the recipe for their signature dish, chicken soup with matzo balls, and were even due to take the podcast out on tour before the coronavirus struck.

Kimberly Schlapman

Kimberly Schlapman has to share the spotlight with three other gifted vocalists in harmony-laden country pop outfit Little Big Town. But the Georgia native has taken center stage in the culinary world thanks to her passion for good old-fashioned Southern food. Schlapman welcomed her bandmates and other Nashville favorites such as Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge into her kitchen across three seasons of the Cooking Channel's Kimberly's Simply Southern. She's also shared various recipes from her Appalachian roots in the cookbook Oh Gussie! and in 2017 launched her own range of cookware on the Home Shopping Network titled Love and Daisies.

Alex James

While Damon Albarn used his downtime from Britpop favorites Blur to form a gazillion other musical projects, his bandmate Alex James decided to explore his love of cheese. The bassist even has his own cheese farm in the English county of Oxfordshire where he produces artisan types such as Little Wallop, Good Queen Maude and Blue Monday, the latter named after the iconic New Order song. In 2012 he joined forces with Naked Chef Jamie Oliver to stage music/cuisine event The Big Feastival which has been a fixture of the British festival calendar ever since. And in 2014 he teamed up with Aussie chef Matt Stone for a Food Network travelogue titled Recipes That Rock.