Just as many of us regular folk are exploring new hobbies and other sides of ourselves during the COVID-19 quarantine, so too are jazz musicians. In the most recent example, Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter is launching a YouTube cooking show titled The PorterHouse, presented by Citi. But although hosting such a program may be new for him, cooking definitely isn’t; he was a professional chef before his musical career took off.
The weekly show finds Porter—who in the premiere declares cooking “the second most favorite thing for me to do”—donning a chef’s smock and apron along with his trademark wraparound hat. He prepares his favorite recipes for the camera, talking the audience through his preparation and telling the stories behind each recipe.
In the 10-minute premiere, for example, Porter cooks borscht. He tells the audience that it is his Russian-born wife’s family recipe and discusses how he met her during his first visit to Russia (“the first stamp on my passport”)—a trip on which he also apparently gorged himself on borscht.
“This is really nice that I could come to you guys this way,” Porter tells the audience. “I haven’t been able to be onstage and perform … because of the pandemic, so to come to you in my second favorite thing to do is just beautiful.”
Check out the official trailer for The PorterHouse below.