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By Diane Sieker

Musicians of Anza: Phil Knoke is the rock 'n' roll chef


Last updated 5/3/2018 at 12:01pm


A 28-year-old Phil Knoke beats the drum skins with enthusiasm.

Editor's note: Musicians of Anza is an ongoing feature highlighting talent in the Anza and Aguanga communities. To be featured, send an email to [email protected]

What do you get when you combine a talented touring, gig and studio drummer with a skilled chef? Throw in a dash of humor and a dose of musical bliss, and you get the rock 'n' roll chef, Phil Knoke.

"To me there are two things that can really touch a person's soul," Knoke said. "Food and rock 'n' roll. When I opened my restaurant on the beach in Orange County in 2008, that's just what the locals started calling me, with the music playing and a live open kitchen show."

He has been called a "culinary entertainer," and he does not disappoint. His resourcefulness as a frontman that can demonstrate how to make fresh kabobs or grill a steak to perfection spices up any event in which he appears.

Knoke's musical influences include bluegrass, surf rock, classic rock, outlaw country, punk, metal and hard core genres. As a drummer, he learned to be versatile. His drum instructor was none other than Don Murray from the Turtles, and he taught him well. Knoke started playing professionally at the tender age of 19. Performing as an underage drummer had its challenges.

"It was funny. I had to wait in the parking lot until it was time to perform because I wasn't allowed in the places I was playing," he said jokingly. 


Full of energy, Phil Knoke performs and cooks. He is known as the rock 'n' roll chef.

The jam nights and live gigs paid off. Over the years, 42-year-old Knoke has honed his music skills and has done everything from studio sessions to live performances and touring. Some of his most memorable gigs he said were performing at the House of Blues and the Key club, both in Hollywood. He has played the Vans Warped Tour and is the studio drummer on five albums.

As a chef, Knoke has competed in the Celebrity Chef contest at Orange County Fair and the Sunday Night Chef Fights BBQ, also in Orange County. The television series "Extreme Chef" on the Food Network used his real life stories for competitions on the show.

Musically, Knoke is not playing full time at the moment, but he said he is looking to join a working band soon. 

For more information about the rock 'n' roll chef, email him at [email protected]

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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