Never before has Emeril Lagasse been so challenged by Cake.
That's Cake the band, whose tasty new video provides a little competition for Emeril's cooking show. Quirky frontman John McCrea, who was behind the lens on the comical "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" video, recently brought his band to the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California, to direct the clip for "Love You Madly," off Comfort Eagle (2001).
The video spoofs the cult Japanese cooking show "Iron Chef" and features Cake drummer Pete McNeal and trumpeter/keyboardist Vince Di Fiore facing off over a pumpkin dish.
Cake's Columbia Records publicist said McNeal and Di Fiore really cooked the dishes and were not acting when they watched carefully as judges critiqued their finished products.
Only one of the judges, however, is an actual food expert: "The Frugal Gourmet" Jeff Smith. The others were actress Phyllis Diller and "Super Freak" singer Rick James.
Cake shot the video while passing through Los Angeles on their current tour with Beulah, which plays Wednesday in St. Louis and wraps November 19 in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Sacramento, California, rockers will perform "Love You Madly," an aching love song with a disco groove, on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on November 29.