Pastry hurling international dance icon Steve Aoki has decided to temporarily halt the on-stage cake throwing gimmick and pick up the dough roller. The 40-year superstar DJ/producer has just announced the opening of Pizzaoki in his hometown of Los Angeles. As the son of Benihana’s founder, who once told Yahoo Finance he has never received a penny from his father, the inventively named new restaurant seems like a fitting next move for the entrepreneurial mogul.
A themed restaurant in it’s conception, much like the theatrical Japanese chain started by his late father, Aoki says that customers will be able to enjoy quality pizza recipes named after his hit songs — for instance, a classic cheese dubbed “Just Hold On” or the “Mayhem,” a supreme with all the toppings. The new concept also relies heavily on technology for delivery, as Pizzaoki currently lacks a brick and mortar location. Customers can currently place orders through Postmates and Uber Eats.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has spilled the beans on a not-so-kept secret — cocaine use is rife in the restaurant industry. During an interview with Radio Times in anticipation of his upcoming documentary about the drug, Ramsay divulged that he was once asked by diners and a charity event to use the class A drug as a garnish.
“When the dessert arrived the couple came to me and said, ‘Look, everyone on the table is happy you’re here, but can you make a soufflé like never before and combine icing sugar with coke and dust it?’”
Ramsay says he laughed off the request and didn’t handle the drug, stating, “I set the soufflé down. Didn’t even say goodbye. I just left out the back door.” His documentary, Gordon On Cocaine, is set to air on ITV, following Ramsay on a visit to Central and South America as he meets with individuals who are part of the drug trade. The film was inspired by an incident in one of the chef’s restaurants around Christmas 2016 when a patron brought a plate into the bathroom to snort the drug.