Monthly Archives: February 2013

Patterns That Stand The Test Of Time

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When Chefwear issued its first catalog in 1993, more than 15 patterns were available for chefs to choose from. Now, with close to 60 patterns in stock, some have withstood the test of time and still remain part of the Chefwear line today. These iconic patterns have a memorable back story to their creation and continue to please customers to this day.

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Aqua Sea Life

The Aqua Sea Life pattern was created in 1991 specifically for, the now closed, George Morrone’s Aqua Restaurant located in San Francisco, CA. Aqua Restaurant’s logo is based off the Sealife Mosaic found in The House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy. The House of The Faun was a private residence that took up an entire city block and was the home to multiple pieces of beautiful art work. The House of The Faun was ultimately destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Amazingly, the multiple mosaics that covered the floors remained intact including the Sealife Mosaic (1).

The pattern still remains in the Chefwear line 22 years later and is available in our Ultimate Chef Pant and Baggy Chef Pant.

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Black Chile Pepper

In 1993, Chefwear founder Rochelle Huppin sat down with celebrity chef Mark Miller to develop a pattern based off his The Great Chile Poster. Miller, a true innovator in regional cuisines and international flavors, used his knowledge of Cultural Anthropology as well as a passion for exotic flavors to become one of the most influential American chefs. Miller has successfully opened restaurants in the United States, Japan and Australia (2).

The original chile peppers pattern came with a white and a black background as well as much larger chiles. Eventually, Chefwear made the chiles the size you see now and focused solely on the black background for all of its current styles.

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Tribal Spirit

Chefwear’s Tribal Spirit pattern was created in 2000 after the passing of Chef Patrick Clark due to a rare blood disease in 1998 at the age of 42. Tribal Spirit was one of the first in our famous Patterns With A Purpose collection. Clark began his career leading a generation of Americans back to the idea of regional American cooking after making an earlier living specializing in sophisticated French cuisine. He was one of the first celebrity chefs on the scene in the early 1980s and has since been recognized for his contributions to the culinary arts (3).

Chefwear has continued to support a trust established in Clark’s name for more than 10 years and offers the Tribal spirit pattern in both chef hats and chef pants.

Footnotes:

1. Hirst,Kris,K.(n.d.). “House of Faun at Pompeii.”

2. “Presenters: Mark Miller.” Retrieved 19, Feb. 2013

3. Asimov, Eric. (13, Feb., 1998). “Patrick Clark, 42, Is Dead: Innovator of American Cuisine.” Retrieved 19, Feb. 2013

Stand Out With A Chef Hat

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In many kitchens, headwear is a top priority. Chef hats provide the necessary protection not only for you, but for the beautiful creations that are being served to your guests. With our multiple style and pattern options in the chef hat category, it can be about more than just adhering to the rules – You can show off a little flare and personal style too.

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Choose our modern Chef Toque. This chef hat comes in four different patterns, including traditional colors: Black, White, and Black Chalkstripe. For a little more heat and flavor, our Black Chile Pepper pattern is the perfect fit for you. All of our chef toques are made of 100% cotton and feature an adjustable Velcro closure in the back.

To add a little spark, pair the Black Chile Pepper Chef Toque with the Black Chile Pepper Classic Bib Chef Apron.

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For a less traditional look for your chef cap, but a desire to stay with a similar design, choose one of our Chef Berets in four different patterns. You can choose Black or White for a traditional statement or kick it up on a notch and go with Black and White Houndstooth or Tribal Spirit. These chef hats are perfect for a little added personal touch and that extra pizzazz.

For some extra pop, pair a Chef Beret with a brightly colored Five-Star Traditional Organic Chef Jacket and our Ultimate Chef Pants.

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The Chef Skull Cap provides a clean look with a modern touch. Made of 100% percent cotton and available in 15 different color and pattern options, these chef caps can meet both your personal and professional needs. Available in bold colors such as Blue and Red as well as loud patterns like Black Chile Pepper and Pacific Rim, this chef hat is perfect for every kitchen environment.

Add a Chef Skull cap to a Four-Star Short Sleeve Chef Jacket and a pair of Baggy Chef Pants for that individual touch you are looking for.

The Chef Skull Cap is also available in our 100% organic cotton fabric as well as with a mesh top and moisture wicking technology.

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For a truly more modern, renegade style choose from one of our five patterns in the Chefwear Chefwrap. This form of headwear is designed to fit and tie like a bandana and features a terry cloth elastic band for absorbency and secure fit. You can sport a more traditional color like Black, White or Black Chalkstripe or you can kick it up with our Tribal Spirit or Black Chile Pepper patterns.

Wear your Chefwear Chefwrap with a Three-Star Plastic Button Chef Jacket and a pair of Cargo Chef Pants.

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The Chefwear Chefband is a revolutionary style for chefs everywhere. This chef hat can be used in more than one way whether you choose to roll it up as a thin headband or unwrap it for complete coverage. Because its design features a lightweight, 100% cotton fabric and an open back, the Chefwear Chefband provides an extra level of breathability.

For a bold statement, choose the Red Chefband with a Five-Star Seersucker Chef JacketTraditional Chef Pants and Organic Bib Chef Apron.