James Beard Award-winning chef Celina Tio is definitely known for all things food. She owns the Kansas City restaurant Julian, 6227 Brookside Plaza, and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef.” But Tio also is way into rock ’n’ roll, especially the local music scene. We caught up with Tio at RecordBar in Westport.
“Kansas City has tons and tons of talented bands,” Tio says. “I cannot sing their praises enough.”
The ones that top her chart are Soft Reeds, Hearts of Darkness, American Catastrophe, Making Movies, Barclay Martin Ensemble, Capybara, She’s a Keeper, Beautiful Bodies.
“The list is long,” she says. “I admire them. Like me, they’re doing what they love to do.”
But Tio has a short list of venues she frequents. After she has worked full days in the dining room at Julian, you’ll find her swigging a cold craft beer and swaying to the beat at one of these places.