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Ottolenghi Is the Title of New Song by Rapper Loyle Carner

One of the U.K.’s hottest music talents pays tribute to one of the country’s most well-known chefs

Loyle Carner and Yotam Ottolenghi
Loyle Carner [Official Photo]

Yotam Ottolenghi, one of Britain’s most well-known chefs, cookbook authors, and restaurateurs, is the subject of a new song by one of London’s leading new musicians, Loyle Carner. It is the rapper’s first release since his 2017 debut album, Yesterday’s Gone.

The track, first streamed online last night and which features Jordan Rakei in the chorus, is called Ottolenghi. Blurring the line between dream and reality, it chronicles a journey Carner takes; on it, during a train ride, at the start of the second verse, he’s asked by a family ‘about the bible I was reading.’

Told them that the title was misleading labelled it Jerusalem but really its for cooking Middle-Eastern

He’s referencing Ottolenghi’s third book, Jerusalem, from 2012. In the video, Ottolenghi himself makes a cameo, sitting across from Carner at a table seat on the train. In this imagined reality, the two don’t interact, and nor does the book itself feature in the video. However, when announcing the release on Instagram yesterday, Carner posted a photo of himself reading the book, on a real train. It is thought the rapper ate lunch at Rovi, Ottolenghi’s newest restaurant in Fitzrovia, yesterday.

Watch the full video here.

Update: Ottolenghi and Carner joined each other in the kitchen to cook a few “vegetable-focused” Christmas dishes for GQ: