Boston chefs serve up ‘Cuisine Rock’ for improv group

“Everybody’s cookin’ for the weekend…’’

Isn’t that how that Loverboy song goes?

Okay, maybe not. But to a group of Greater Boston chefs who served up their own musical spin on some classic hits for an improv sketch, Baby Got Steak is a perfectly acceptable substitute for Sir Mix-a-Lot’s successful tune about back ends.

The musical sketch, designed as a fake infomercial for a CD called “Cuisine Rock,’’ premiered at “Banned in Boston 2014,’’ an annual fundraising event that supports Boston’s Urban Improv, a youth development interactive theater program. The event was held Friday at the House of Blues. Among the notables who took the stage, a singing Governor Deval Patrick, gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker along with opponent Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.


The video, hosted by NPR’s Car Talk show’s Ray Magliozzi and Matt Siegel from KISS 108’s “Mattie in the Morning’’ show, featured chefs from the area restaurants including, Ashmont Grill’s Chris Douglass and Paul O’Connell, Union Bar and Grille’s Steven Morlino, and Sweet Basil’s Dave Becker.

Every year the Banned in Boston event includes local chefs in some interactive way. For the last five years, the group decided to go to the chefs at the restaurants and shoot them in their environments, Narcissa Campion, Managing Director of Urban Improv told

“People resonated with the music and the lyrics, and the chefs and their staff were having a great time doing it,’’ she said. “There were just hard laughs all the way through it.’’

While the comical infomercial may have you wishing you could actually buy this CD, we don’t see why you too couldn’t use a liquor bottle as a microphone and sway with Mrs. Robinson while singing Simon & Garfunkel’s classic, “Here’s to you handmade Boston Rum…’’

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