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.
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).
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.
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.