Outside of staring on his reality show on Bravo, Chef Roblé Ali is a well-known caterer for celebrities, social media devotee, style maven, and a serious Hip Hop fan. Recently, AllHipHop.com sat down with the New York born, Texas raised culinary artist to talk about a variety of topics.
The current Brooklyn resident (who also goes by the nickname Flacco) discusses if prefers Ready To Die or Reasonable Doubt, whether he feels some of his namesakes are overrated, if he would still like to cook for Mike Tyson after his recent internet trolling of the former heavyweight champ, and more in the latest edition of “This or That.”
AllHipHop: What has been the strangest thing a celebrity has asked you to cook for them?
Chef Roblé: This is something that’s not strange to a lot of people, but it’s something that I never made before - blood sausage. It’s basically a pork sausage whose major ingredient is pig’s blood. You’ll see it on the show. It was my first time every making it, and one of the people that had it, that knows blood sausage well, told me it was the best sausage she ever had. It was my first time making it, so home run.
You’re also known for your style. Who are some of your style icons?
I would say Ugo Mozie. He’s a fashion stylist, fly dude. He’s actually one of my homeboys. He styles Chris Brown and some other people. Kanye [West] does some stuff that’s out there sometimes, but he’s a real fly dude. I like his style. Tell you the truth, I don’t really look at how other people dress. I do my own thing. I don’t really have a style icon.
You’re really active on Twitter. What has been one of the most outrageous things one of your fans has tweeted to you?
This girl is crazy. Her name is Resha, but she goes by @kanYeBreast on Instagram and Twitter. I tweeted something about my t-shirts, and she says, “I’ll buy one from you, but I need you to rub your balls on it first and then send it to me.” She’s hilarious.
Did you respond back?
I was like, “sure, if you’re into that kind of thing.”
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If you could only eat one dish everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose?
Chinese style chicken and broccoli.
This or That - Better Brooklyn classic: Biggie’s Ready To Die or Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt?
Reasonable Doubt. I just liked it better as an album. I felt like the production is better. I felt like Jay at the point, at his first album, was a better rapper frankly. I felt it was a more well-rounded album then Ready To Die, but between Ready To Die and Life After Death, Big made a huge improvement. But I would definitely say Reasonable Doubt.
Goodie Mob’s Soul Food or Common’s Like Water For Chocolate?
Like Water For Chocolate.
Southern barbecue or New York pizza?
That’s a hard one. I would say southern barbeque, because you can only get that in the south. There’s great pizza from all different places. Chicago has great pizza. Of course, Italy.
If you could eat at only one New York hot spot: Beauty & Essex or The Spotted Pig?
Beauty & Essex. All day Beauty & Essex! I helped open that place up. Chris Santos, the chef there, is my mentor.
Ratatouille or Charlie and The Chocolate Factory?
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
Joe Flacco: elite quarterback or overpaid?
A$AP Rocky aka Pretty Flacko: future of New York rap or flash in the pan?
I wouldn’t say either. I don’t think he’s a flash in the pan, but I don’t know if he’s the future. I feel like somebody’s gonna come and be original. That whole style, that’s Pimp C. That’s been done before. Not to take anything away from the guy. He has great songs, but I think somebody’s gonna come out the box that’s not gonna sound like anything else you ever heard before.
Cater for Mike Tyson: yes or no?
Yeah, I’d definitely cater for Mike Tyson. Hopefully, he won’t kick my ass.
Food porn or real porn?
Food porn. Definitely, food porn.
Chef Roblé & Co. airs Wednesday nights at 10/9 central on Bravo.
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