Texas Is the Reason Bassist, Celebrated Vegan Chef Scott Winegard Talks Food (INTERVIEW)
We're chatting with Winegard during a break on a Texas Is the Reason's headlining tour, and it's a small miracle he even has a few minutes to jump on the phone with us. The bassist lives quite the busy life.
When he's not jamming with the influential post-hardcore group and I Hate Our Freedom, another killer band he's a member of, Winegard divides his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, where he recently helped launch the opening of M.A.K.E. - a raw food restaurant in Santa Monica.
Just like he paid his dues in the hardcore scene - he started his musical career as a member of an underground group called Fountainhead in the early '90s - Winegard learned the ropes in the restaurant world spending over a decade working in several kitchens, including New York's famed Angelica Kitchen.ine
"My parents were decent cooks, but they really weren't making elaborate dishes or anything. How I mostly learned how to cook was when I started working. I always gravitated towards restaurant gigs. When I moved out of my childhood home and into the city, I wanted to work somewhere that served vegetarian food, and I was lucky to get hired at Angelica Kitchen. I remember doing a delivery to a place called The Natural Gourmet, which was a vegetarian cooking school. I had no idea a place like that even existed. 'A vegetarian cooking school?!' I was intrigued and then I went to their open house to check out the school. That's how it all started," says Winegard, a native of Oceanside, Long Island.
Winegard and Texas Is the Reason are currently promoting Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection, a deluxe reissue of their influential 1996 debut album, alongside the rest of their recorded material.
Besides his work with Texas Is the Reason and M.A.K.E., Winegard is also supermodel/television personality Heidi Klum's personal chef, making every other red-blooded American male jealous in the process. "She's been really supportive and knows a lot about healthy food."
Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection is out now via Revelation Records.
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