Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David & Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef

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Buffett at the American Library in Paris

Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”

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Jimmy Buffett Answers Viewer Questions

From WKRG News 5: Devon Walsh had a chance to sit down with Jimmy Buffett and ask him some view questions.

1) Devon: “What your favorite song you’ve ever written?”

Jimmy: “I have a couple of them, but off the top of my head, I would say, ‘Twelve Volt Man.’”

2) Devon: “When will you perform in Mobile?”

Jimmy: “I’m looking at places to play in the bigger arena kind of things, where we haven’t been in a while. An example, this year, we haven’t played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 17 years. So we are playing that this year. So Mobile is on the list.”

3) Devon: “If you could give the Senior Class of 2016 advice, what would it be?”

Jimmy:“Read a lot and travel a lot.”

4) Devon: “How far can you throw a mullet?”

Jimmy: “I have never done the Mullet Toss as a contest, but I have thrown a few back in the water. I can chunk one off a boat pretty well, and I can get the off the hook.”

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Jimmy Buffett interviewed by WKRG News 5

From WKRG: “Jimmy Buffett: One-On-One with News 5’s Devon Walsh

Buffett said he is surprised by some of the opportunities he has recently had. He’s had walk in roles in three different movies or TV shows recently. One in “Jurassic World”, one in the movie about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, and one in Netflix series “Bloodline”.

Jimmy Buffett sat down for an interview with News 5’s Devon Walsh Saturday. At 68 years old, he’s working as much as ever, and enjoying his time on stage. Here are some of the questions Walsh asked.

1) Devon- “Do you get that at thrill every time you go out on stage?” Jimmy- “Yes. It’s a great job…Could be doing a lot worse.”

2)Devon- “You have been quoted as saying you are living a fantasy. Is that still true?” Jimmy- “I have been lucky enough to be here, after a few close scrapes and to have a music career that lasted this long. I have learned from my experiences, and keeping the business side running parallel with it. It’s been interesting ride.”

3) Devon-“Is it still fun for you? Do you plan to retire?” Jimmy- “From what?” Devon- “That’s the way you look when you are on stage, like you are having fun.” Jimmy- “It’s been amazing gift and an amazing lucky run I’ve had. I would have never imagined I would still be doing this. I figured I would buy a boat and move to the Caribbean. The length this has run, the fun this has been, and the stages…It’s still magical the things that pop up, that I can’t believe are going to happen.”

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WGN Radio interview with Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett did an in depth interview with Dave Hoekstra on WGN Radio: “Jimmy Buffett talks about the state of the music business, Steve Goodman, Walter Cronkite and the importance of Chicago to his early years“.

Jimmy Buffett joins Dave Hoekstra for an in studio discussion about his long career as a singer/songwriter and head of the Coral Reefer Band. They talk about his travels in Europe and that audience’s response to the music, the impact of the Chicago club scene on his early career, the state of the recording industry and the benefit of an artist holding the rights to their material, his friendship with Walter Cronkite and much more. Listen to the interview at WGN Radio.

Buffett mentioned he’s been working on a new book off and on for awhile. It’s a collection of travel stories. It will be published by Mailboat Publishing and will be direct to retail and available on Amazon.

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Buffett asked about doing a New Album

From MacombDaily.com: “Sound Check: New music is on Jimmy Buffett’s horizon

It almost makes you forget Buffett makes records, too. But he does — and has for 45 years this summer. His releases started going Top 5 during the ’90s, and he nailed his first No. 1 with 2004’s “License To Chill.” But Buffett — whose empire also includes restaurants, satellite radio, Internet radio and TV stations and his own record label — says he, like so many other artists, is taking his time figuring out the best way to release music in the digital age.

“Will we do another album? I don’t know the answer to that,” Buffett, 68, says by phone. “We’re just trying to find the system where the next batch of new music goes. It’s certainly not like it was when I started out, or for most of my career, for that matter.”

“For me, an album is just about adding something; if you like this, you can add it to the collection,” he explains. “I’m not out there trying to win hits or chase Grammys or (stuff) like that. I’m just trying to stay in the game at our level.”

Buffett sees the potential for using the digital world to his advantage, too — such as live or filmed streams of him and the band in the studio working on new music, and possibly investing the Parrotheads in the process.

“We can have ’em in there watching us make it, and they can say what songs they want — that’s the kind of thing I’m looking at,” he says. He also hopes that seeing an album being made will make fans more apt to actually buy it when it comes out.

“The beauty of having the other guys in the same room is you can switch gears and automatically make changes or go on to something else instead of having the one idea you’ve been presented with and having to bang your head against the wall to make it work,” he explains. “Truth be told, that’s the way it should be. That’s the way we made the last few albums, and it was an amazing experience. I think we all really, really enjoyed that, and I think that’s something people would enjoy seeing.”

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Interview with Buffett in the Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle has an article “Getting down to business with Buffett” by Ken Hoffman (follow Ken on Twitter @KenChronicle)

Most of the conversation is about Buffett’s online contest, “This One’s Really For You Sweepstakes,” where fans can create a set list for their fantasy Buffett concert. Buffett will play the 27 most popular songs at an invitation-only show April 1. He’s not fooling.

Performing an intimate concert in Key West and beaming it worldwide presents challenges.

From Nashville, we hear that the San Carlos has a grand piano on its stage and the theater doesn’t want to move it.

Buffett says no problem, keyboardist Michael Utley will play the house piano.

Buffett’s daughter, Savannah, will host a pre-concert show, talking with fans on Higgs Beach in Key West. Buffett asks if she will do beach cutaways during the concert.

Sisson says no. “She told us, ‘My dad is doing a concert in Key West, it may be the last one he does there, and I’m going to be in that building watching him.’ So no cutaways from the beach.”

Buffett appears touched. “She really said that?” Then he laughs. “I guess I’ll keep her in the will.”

Buffett mentions that he’s planning a visit to Cuba in the next few weeks. Someone asks if he’s thinking about opening a Margaritaville Café in Havana.

Read the full article here

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