MUSIC SETS THE TEMPO FOR MY COOKING,” SAYS ZIGGY. “MUSIC AND FOOD ARE BOTH ALL ABOUT TIMING AND RHYTHM. SOMETIMES I’LL DANCE AROUND THE K ITCHEN WHILE I’M COOKING.”
At home, Ziggy Marley, the eight-time Grammy winner and son of reggae legend Bob Marley, is just another dad trying to get his kid to eat his breakfast. “My seven-year-old son, Abraham, really doesn’t like oatmeal, but he loves ninjas,” says Ziggy. “So I told him, ‘This is ninja practice. Use your mind to overcome the oatmeal. Don’t let the oatmeal defeat you.’ It took him 30 minutes to finish a tablespoon, but it’s a start.” When Ziggy’s not doing oatmeal ninja training, he’s likely cooking with his kids (he and his wife, Orly, have four). Judah, 13, is an enthusiastic sous chef. “She loves to be in the kitchen and thinks she’s on Top Chef,” says Ziggy. “I always tell her to slow down and watch those fingers.” Gideon, 11, pitches in to mix up easy things like quinoa salad, while Isaiah, 2, gives out hugs. And Abraham? He probably just zipped out of the kitchen to kick the soccer ball around in the backyard. “The kitchen is where we get together,” Ziggy says. “We can share things easier if we’re together and cooking and eating. Cooking also helps the kids learn how to be self-sufficient—and how to clean up after themselves! It’s not just about food—cooking is about life.”
When Ziggy was a kid, he liked hamburgers. Now that he doesn’t eat meat, a tuna patty satisfies his burger cravings.