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YCE: Dante Fried Chicken

Dante Lorenzo Gonzales is out to blow KFC away by serving up his not so secret recipe to hipsters.

In 2007 35-year-old New Yorker Dante Lorenzo Gonzales ditched his day job to fly around the world, fry chicken (and other Creole soul food delicacies), host a subterranean cooking show and throw speak easy dinner parties whilst M.I.A, TV on the Radio and Santogold provided musical entertainment. The Dante Fried Chicken (DFC) brand’s tagline is “KFC R.I.P”, its host a charismatic gastronomic anthropologist of what must be the world’s first hipster cooking club and party. “The way we culturally interact with each other is changing. I believe that food is the one thing that can unify all cultures – cross culture education of art, music and fashion.”

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why?
SOUL II SOUL because of the amalgamation of dance, art, music, culture, with dance being the medium of this movement. DFC is similar except it adds food into the pot! And food is the medium I believe transcends all boundaries of culture. (Peeps are really sleeping on gastronomic anthropology.) Many countries had to import and integrate other country’s cultures, food sources and cooking techniques/arts. This is a continental and global practice that has been in existence sense the birth of agriculture. I believe food and resources are the core of culture which in turn gave birth to arts, science and music.

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why?
This video is a great hypothesis of what could happen with modern technology and the laws that govern them, which ultimately has a direct effect on reality. Like when the Egyptians invented what we now know as the mirror, imagine how that evolved the notion of individuality?

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
I think both. Obviously it’s harder to pay the rent these days and that could definitely fuck up my creativity. At the same time I think anytime there is a recession or disaster, artists can thrive. If you look at lot of music and art movements, they where realised from disfranchised hoods, economically depressed cultures and oppressed people. The hardships can create brilliant art. With DFC no-one was giving us money to do this in the first place, so regardless of the recession, we gonna keep the grease poppin’.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude? you the most, and why?
“Sane Eba”, which means “the end is near”. It’s KUKU bass from my friend Zakee. This is my new anthem and I love it. Zakee is an awesome Philly producer with a Transatlantic African ancestry, so he went to Africa and starting digging deep. He’s done the most obviously beautiful thing. There has always been a great divide between Africans and ones left during the Transatlantic human trafficking era, and throughout history it’s always been that peeps of Euro ancestry have been going back to Africa and fixing her, cultivating her, but I think peeps are sleeping on the concept of “Africans from the Americas” coming and uniting with their lost lineage. Unlike other producers and artists who knowingly (or unknowingly) perpetuate colonialism by exploiting the disfranchised peeps of Africa, South/Central Americas and the Caribbean islands, I believe that Zakke is sincere and honest in what he is doing. Not to mention THE TRACKS ARE BANGING! I will keep chanting “Sane Eba”.

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
There are so many time periods I love (I’m a bit of a history geek). I wish I was born in the in 1800’s when human trafficking and slavery of Africa was at the peak of ending. I wish I was an adult in the 80’s in NYC during the Basquiat and Warhol era. If I really had to choose I would have loved to kick it in the presence of Imhotep of 3rd Dynasty Egypt. Me and Giovanni Marks are pretty fascinated with this dude! Imagine what it would have been like to be creating (the first) new technologies in architecture, medicine, arts, science and music. This would be one of the most inspiring time periods I can imagine. I think it would even surpass most of what we have experienced since the Industrial Revolution…

DFC's Credit Crunchy Chicken

Ingredients: Chicken breast, Greek yogurt, Eggs, Spiced Flour, Polenta flour, Plain flour, Garlic powder, Paprika, Salt, White pepper
For the crunchy bits: Rosemary, Cornflakes, Sesame seeds, Sunflower oil

1. Marinade the chicken breasts overnight in yogurt
2. Make up the spiced flour mix with polenta flour, plain flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt and white pepper
3. Make up the outer crunch mix with fresh chopped rosemary, scrunched cornflakes, sesame seeds and a handful of the spiced flour mix
4. Have a pan of sunflower oil heated to 170 degrees
5. Whisk up an egg and yogurt mixture
6. Drench the marinated chicken into the spiced flour mix, shake off the excess then double dip the chicken into the egg and yogurt mixture and back into the crunch mix. Pat down and carefully shake off the excess.
7. Deep fry for about 20 minutes until golden brown, crispy and cooked!


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