Forget The Most Interesting Man in the World, Rose Lawrence, pastry chef at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, reigns as Most Interesting in my book right now.
If you ever have the privilege of meeting her, you will know what I mean. She has an aura of fire. The first time I met her, she was licking cake off a sharp kitchen knife. Word has it that she was class president of her law school. When I met her recently to talk music, she had on highlighter green Nikes and invited me rollerskating. Like, what?
I highly recommend giving her a follow @troselawrence on IG for sweet inspiration and daily poetry. Be sure to also check out her featured playlist on Apple Music > @whatscookin.
For now, here's a look into the life of Rose and how music inspires her creative work in the kitchen:
Where are you from?
I great up in Quito, Ecuador and later Virginia.
What would you say is your signature dish?
Bread. People know me for sourdough breads. I put everything into bread. Or the Cracked Cookie, a huge oat chocolate and walnut cookie that celebrates California.
What kind of music did you grow up on?
I grew up on the Beatles, Elvis, Cash, Simon, Bowie, and everything rock and blues from the 60s/70s vinyl. My mother also made sure we heard plenty of opera, Spanish classical guitar, and her favorite French singers. The first modern piece of music I remember hearing was "The Sign" by Ace of Base. I was 10. It was incredible.
How does music influence your creative work in the kitchen?
I need music to work. If it isn't on, I find myself singing pieces of songs. One of my favorite sayings is from an Italian nonna:
"If you can dance, you can make pastry." So, everyday, I make sure I can dance and make pastry.
Last artist you saw live in concert?
The Lone Bellow. My girlfriend from college is in the band and it is amazing to see her rip it on stage all over the world. It's great, soulful folk music with a lot of heart and big vocals.
Chef Jeremy Fox says you're not allowed to have the aux cord, why is that?
HAHAHAHA. He's totally kidding. Music is very democratic and we all get to play our favorite tunes to get ready for service. My playlists have been known to *ACCIDENTALLY* spring to a musical number on the kitchen crew. My former life as an actor and theater nerd betrays me on the daily.
So then, what's the best musical?
Into the Woods is my favorite. All the fairytales together with happily "Ever After" in Act 1 and then "Oh God What Now" in Act 2. But if you're looking to get pumped, may I suggest "My Strongest Suit" from Aida...
If you could have dinner with an artist, alive or dead, who would it be?
I love the Boss. I would love to have dinner with Bruce Springsteen. I want to know how he gets everything done, relentless. And then I want to sing "I'm going down" as loudly as possible with him.
The Boss? Oh, worddddd.
Check out Rose's kitchen playlist on Apple Music @whatscookin. *fire and red lips emojis*