In Your Ear: Chef 'Rock' For this week's In Your Ear, the recent winner of FOX's Hell's Kitchen, Chef 'Rock' Harper, opens up his music file and explains what he's listening to these days, including soul legend Al Green.

In Your Ear: Chef 'Rock'

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We end today with a segment we call In Your Ear. This is where we ask people in the news, what are you listening to these days?

This week, we turn to Chef Rock Harper, season three winner of the Fox reality series "Hell's Kitchen."

Chef ROCK HARPER (Season Three Winner, Fox's "Hell's Kitchen"): Hi, I'm Chef Rock. I love Jay-Z. That's my man.

(Soundbite of song "Dig a Hole")

Chef HARPER: My favorite is probably "Dig a Hole," you know? I'm kind of fiery. I like drama, so "Dig a Hole," maybe.

(Soundbite of song "Dig a Hole")

JAY-Z (Singer): (Singing) Dig a hole.

Unidentified Man #1: (Singing) Told you to get your money when you see your boss coming. Thought shit was funny but watch what you see now.

JAY-Z: (Singer): (Singing) (Unintelligible) Dig a hole, dig a hole, dig a hole, dig a hole.

Unidentified Man #1 (Singer): (Singing) Dig a hole, dig a hole.

JAY-Z: (Singing) Dig a hole. But, hey, bury yourself.

Chef ROCK: While I'm cooking, I don't listen to music at al, as a matter of fact. It sort of throws me off. Maybe when I'm prepping a little bit. Probably something like - I love Al Green. He's very relaxing. Depends on what kind of mode I'm trying to get into.

(Soundbite of song "Full of Fire")

Mr. AL GREEN (Singer): (Singing) I'm full of fire.

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Full of fire, full of fire.

Mr. GREEN: (Singing) You're my one desire.

Chef ROCK: I love the old soul. The Temptations growing up, you know, it really helped me out a whole lot, you know? We have found solace in music and definitely anything old, you know, '60s and '70s.

(Soundbite of song "My Girl")

Mr. DAVID RUFFIN (Singer, The Temptations): (Singing) Well, I guess you'll say what can make me feel this way? My girl…

Unidentified Man #2 (Singer, The Temptations): (Singing) My girl.

THE TEMPTATIONS (Singers): (Singing) My girl.

Mr. RUFFIN: (Singing) Talkin' about my girl.

THE TEMPTATIONS: (Singing) My girl.

Mr. RUFFIN: (Singing) Ooh.

THE TEMPTATIONS: (Singing) Talkin' about my girl.

Mr. RUFFIN: (Singing) My girl.

THE TEMPTATIONS: (Singing) My girl. Ooh.

Mr. RUFFIN: Always talk about my girl…

(Soundbite of song "You Don't Know What Love Is")

Chef ROCK: If I'm cooking for my wife late night, I'm going with Cassandra Wilson, "You Don't Know What Love Is."

(Soundbite of song "You Don't Know What Love Is")

Ms. CASSANDRA WILSON (Singer): (Singing) You don't know what love is.

Chef ROCK: I absolutely love that track.

(Soundbite of song "You Don't Know What Love Is")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) Until you learn the meaning of the blues.

Chef ROCK: My wife loves when I do fish, like, I made a fish for her not too long ago, like a pan-seared bass over some black truffle cheese grits with a mushroom and tomato ragout. That's the last thing I cooked. That was a while ago but it had a lot of love in it, and it went along with the track, too.

(Soundbite of song "You Don't Know What Love Is")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) You don't know what love is.

CROSSLEY: Chef Rock will be cooking up specials in his new home in Las Vegas. He's running his own kitchen at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa. Best of luck to you. How about we send him off with a little more Al Green?

(Soundbite of song "Tired of Being Alone")

Mr. GREEN: (Singing) I'm so tired of being alone. I'm so tired of on my own. Won't you help me, girl, just as soon as you can?

CROSSLEY: That's our program for today. I'm Callie Crossley, in for Michel Martin. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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