Flavor Flav will take your order now
Rapper and reality star Flavor Flav dishes on fried chicken, his new soul food restaurant in Las Vegas, Public Enemy’s next album and more.
Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor opens in Las Vegas this week as Sin City’s most prominent soul food takeout joint. The rapper and reality star behind the self-titled venture spoke with Pop & Hiss about waffles, clocks and the culinary arts.
What’s on the menu?
My secret (shhhh) fried chicken recipe. That’s the star. But we have a red velvet waffle too, and everyone goes ohhhh when they hear that. Go on, you can say it.
I heard you grew up cooking.
Yeah. My parents owned a soul food diner. It inspired me to go to culinary school.
Did you get your degree?
I sure did. 1978. Albertson, N.Y.
Did you want to open a place back then?
Nahh. My main thing was to have a good job. I was head cook at the Nassau County courthouse and at Uniondale High School before I was Public Enemy. I was also a school bus driver.
Are you working on any music now?
Me and my partner Chuck D are working on our next Public Enemy album. We should have it out to you by August.
Will you do a reality show at the restaurant?
Remember the diner in “Happy Days”? I do want to do a show like that. But an updated version.
Yeah, I remember the Fonz. Whooaaa. And the Cunninghams? I loved them. Ah, Richie.
What’s the theme of your place?
Things showcasing my career, a lot of pictures up of me and my celebrity friends. I’ll wait until we expand to put all my clocks on the wall.
You had a takeout place in Iowa, right?
Yeah, it was called Flav’s Fried Chicken — FFC. I shut that down, but I’m gonna open another one in Detroit in April. After that, FFC is coming to L.A.
All you celebs with restaurants need to have a cook-off.
I guarantee I would win that battle, ’cause all my recipes got me in ’em! Haaaaa!
Photo: Flavor Flav joins the UNLV student section during an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Associated Press