Action Bronson is good at three things: rapping, cooking, and beards. Sometimes the three can get in each other’s way: after all, it wasn’t until Bronson broke his leg in the kitchen that he had time to really hone his rhyme craft. And the beard—the beard is constantly in danger of picking up food scraps and acquiring all sorts of gnarly detritus.

But Action is a professional. He’s had a lot of experience, so when he sat down with Nylon Magazine to exhibit proper beard etiquette, we listened. Watch and learn just how the man keeps that bushy beast out of his food. (“The Dress” is especially impressive).