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A Restaurant Playlist That Keeps This LA Chef Dreaming Up Desserts

Eater Young Gun Max Boonthanakit’s top tracks for cooking — and driving — in Los Angeles

Monica Burton is the deputy editor of

Max Boonthanakit’s desserts have been described as understated, yet intriguing. They’re minimalist on the surface, but playful on a closer look. The 2019 Eater Young Gun has said his process is driven by curiosity and an active imagination, and when it comes to what he plays on the speakers while he works, he largely prefers contemporary R&B. Think less pump up and more chill out. “I’m just very mellow,” he says.

These ten tracks work just as well for dreaming up desserts as they do for driving around LA. “If I’m in a kitchen or I’m in a car, those songs are on my playlist,” he says. Check them out below.

Max Boonthanakit’s Playlist

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