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Richard Johnson

Dessert Island Discs

Sometimes restaurant chefs like to rip off their whites, escape the heat of the kitchen and do the whole street food thing. It’s spontaneous. It’s informal. And — when it’s done properly — it’s accompanied by a bit of a tune. In preparation for this weekend’s fifteenstreet party, we asked some top chefs WHICH tune….

Sam Hart from Fino and Barrafina

The Israelites – Desmond Decker.  I am a huge ska fan and was lucky enough to persuade the great man to play at my 21st birthday party so had the privilege of being part of his backing singers for the chorus.

Golden Brown – The Stranglers.  One of my favourite pop tunes of all time and most unusually a waltz.  I have often given some very terrible demonstrations of by waltzing abilities whilst enjoying its blissed out refrains.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynryd – one of the great guitar riffs.  I first enjoyed this dancing on the sofa at the age of 8 and it still inspires me (and my children) to do the same thing.  Turn it up!!

Mark Hix from Hix

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo — Louis Jordan — It’s all about chicken. Quite appropriate for street food. I heard it in the bar recently and had no idea what it was, so I used Shazam. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

Start Me Up — the Rolling Stones. A good one to get a crowd going.

Country House — Blur. Just got back from Feastival where I was staying with Alex James. Very appropriate. That was a VERY big house in the country…

Gizzi Erskine from Off The Telly

Jump In Line — Harry Belafonte. Cos if you don’t like it you are weird!

Angelina — Louis Prima. Cos it’s the best song to cook 2.

Strychnine – The Sonics. Cos it’s been my favourite song forever.