When we first saw the image two years ago, we couldn’t believe our eyes: Drake, dressed up in a chef jacket, working a sauté pan with Food Network star Guy Fieri. The caption left no explanation as to why the two were sharing the same kitchen space, but we later found out the collaboration was organized for a fundraiser in Toronto.

The relationship didn’t stop there. Last month, without warning, Drizzy released his 17-track mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the album drop was a sly reference to the King of Flavortown. On the track “6 Man,” Drake raps, “Fieri, I’m in the kitchen, I’m a magician.” The rhyme quickly settled any doubts about the pop-culture icons: the bromance was real.

We recently caught up with Fieri, who shared his thoughts on getting a co-sign from the OVO crew.

“It was a total surprise,” laughs Fieri. “I’m still getting a big grin out of that one. Drake’s an awesome guy. I love his music and energy.”

Fieri went on to encourage Drake’s cooking aspirations, should he ever decide to leave the rap game.

“My nephew and son are down with contemporary culture, and one of them sent me a message that said, ‘Did you know about this?’ That was the morning it came out; and then Drake posted about it. It all got to me in a flurry. But how great? Because the guy has got skills in the kitchen, he really does. He has an appreciation for great food. It was quite a moment for me to get that name drop.”