Dan Nakamura, the legendary San Francisco–based musician and producer known as Dan the Automator, is the creative force behind a genre-defying band of collaborators: Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gorillaz, and most recently, Got a Girl with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. David Chang is the award-winning chef overseeing the globe-spanning Momofuku group of restaurants, which includes New York City’s Noodle Bar, Milk Bar, and Ko. Chang’s innovative approach to food is featured on the plates of his restaurants, the pages of his irreverent food magazine, Lucky Peach, and on his popular PBS television show, The Mind of a Chef. The two friends met a decade ago, having bonded over their shared affection for spicy, pickled vegetables. In the following Thread, they check in about music and food, argue about sports, and rib each other over signature scents.