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Give the Gift of Style for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there! Today is the official day to honor our mothers and do for them what they do for us every day.  Today, we shower them with love and appreciation as we give them the day to sit back and relax.

There is nothing mothers love more than special moments shared with family.  We like to show our moms we care with gifts that will last a lifetime and help keep those special memories close to heart.  Make this Mother’s Day one she’ll remember forever with this stylish kitchen apparel.

Make sure your mom always looks dressed to impress in the kitchen with these great styles!

Women's Traditional Fit S-Shaped Chef Coat

Style # 61311

Add some style to your mom’s daily routine with this fitted, lightweight chef coat that is the perfect blend of comfort and style.

Full Length Butcher Apron

Style # F8

A mom’s best friend in the kitchen is her apron.  Check out this traditional apron available in a wide variety of colors.  Her new apron will ensure she is comfortable and protected while making great meals for the family!

Women's Attitude Chef Women's T-Shirt - Wonder Chef

Style # 11134WCH

If you want to make sure your mom feels like the super mom that she is, you can’t go wrong with this chef t-shirt! Let everyone know she is not only wonder mom, but also a wonder chef in the kitchen!

Your mom will shine like the star she is with some embroidery to her new coat or apron. Feel free to choose from our selection or create your own custom image or monogram to add some personal touches to her new kitchen gear.

Get all these great items and more at Chefuniforms.com!

The Food Truck Craze

food trucks

In recent years, food trucks have become a rapidly growing trend, as seen by several television series (The Great Food Truck Race, Food Truck Face Off, Food Truck Paradise) and many worldwide food truck events. Here in Plantation, FL., there is a local food truck event at Heritage Park every Tuesday night, in which several food trucks come from all over to serve to happy paying customers. Not only is it an interesting way to taste new, homemade, and often unique foods, but it is a simpler way that chefs and entrepreneurs are getting their businesses off the ground without the startup costs of a brick-and mortar-restaurant.

Yvonne

This is how our chef of the month, Yvonne Anderson-Thomas, got her start with Brown Shuga Soul Food. She started out selling baked goods at food festivals in Idaho and quickly moved on to operating a few food trucks selling her homemade Southern cuisine, complete with a flourishing catering business. This career move has proven to be a great decision on her part. Another great example of this success is Press Gourmet Sandwiches, which started out as a food truck, got featured on the Food Network, and now has a restaurant located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This writer recommends “The Daily,” a sandwich featuring grilled chicken, brie, tomato, spinach, Applewood bacon, and apricot jam. Delicious!

If you are a chef or entrepreneur looking to break into this kind of business, Chef Uniforms is a great way to start browsing for professional chef coats and uniforms. Getting the right look, fit, and style is important. You can see for yourself what Yvonne Anderson-Thomas recommends to bring your chef attire to the next level.

Here are some tips and thoughts from Chef Yvonne herself if you are looking to start your own food truck:

  1. Everyone is not always happy with your success. Believe in Your dream.
  2. It’s hard to operate a truck year-round in a city that gets so cold during the winter that your water tank freezes up!
  3. Join a food truck association or start one. There is power in numbers.
  4. Make sure you buy a truck that fits your menu as far as the equipment you need.
  5. Give away free food in exchange for publicity every once in a while.
  6. It is more work than you can possibly imagine! This is not a job for lazy people, or people who want to retire or think it’s a get rich quick idea. It takes work and perseverance.
  7. Pay for quality equipment and marketing materials.

Good luck!

CHEF YVONNE ANDERSON-THOMAS SMOKED CHICKEN LEGS RECIPE

smoked chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 chicken legs
  • ¼ c. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 c. wood chips

Method

  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Rub the spices all over the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to a day.
  2. Place the wood chips in the smoker (according to manufacturer’s instructions) and heat to 225 Place the chicken on the racks (bone-side down) and cook, turning halfway through, until the internal temperature is 165F, 2-3 hours.
  3. If you do not have a smoker: Remove the grill grates from one side of a gas grill and heat over medium-high heat. Tear 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil. Divide the chips between two pieces of foil, then sandwich with the other pieces. Fold over all of the edges to seal. Use a fork to poke holes in the top piece of foil. Place one foil package directly on the burner and let cook until the package begins to smoke, about 5 minutes. Let smoke for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low (the package should still be smoking).
  4. Place the chicken on the other side of the grill opposite the foil package, bone-side down (the chicken should be on the grill grates over the burners not in use). Cover the grill and cook, turning the chicken halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165F, 2-3 hours (if your grill has a temperature gauge, try to maintain 225-235F with the burners not directly under the chicken). If the foil packet stops smoking, replace with the second one, increasing the heat to get it smoking and reducing heat after it has started to smoke.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, ketchup, molasses, liquid smoke, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes. Brush over the cooked chicken. Or, if desired, before serving, increase grill to medium-high and grill the chicken, turning and basting with the sauce, until the skin is beginning to char, about 5 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Chef Yvonne

Chef Yvonne also sent us a picture of herself in her new chef coat from ChefUniforms.com. Thank you and congratulations again, Chef!

Keep it Cool in These Chef Coats!

Summer is sweltering and so is your kitchen! As you know, looking professional in your chef coat is very important. But staying cool and comfortable when your entire torso is heating up is quite the challenge! So, knowing which fabrics are more breathable than others is key for chefs who value comfort in their work wear.

Luckily, ChefUniforms.com has plenty of coats to keep you feeling and looking cool. Lightweight coats allow you to maintain that professional look that you value while enjoying the flexibility and moisture-wicking properties of these coats. Typically made from cotton, polyester, or a blend of both, these chef coats are crafted to keep you feeling fresh in the kitchen. These coats offer a sleek, fitted look that you’ll love made from light, silky smooth fabric that you need!

  • This double breasted chef coat has our seal of lightweight approval! Featuring fashionable color-blocking details, this coat has plenty of pocket storage. Not to mention, it is easy to wash and maintain! Enjoy this tailored, classic look, in the colors you love.

    LWT

    Men’s Double Breasted Chef Coat – Plastic Buttons – 65/35 Poly/Cotton Poplin

Mesh coats are perfect for chefs that don’t “mesh” around in the kitchen! Our collection, offered in short and long sleeve options, retains the signature chef coat look that you appreciate as a professional.

  • Our Basic Fit Mesh Back Chef coat, available in black and white, is perfect for the chefs who value the classics. The subtle mesh back detail gives you some breathing room and keeps you dry all day long! Durable and versatile, this chef coat features details such as a reversible closure, breast pocket, thermometer pocket, and finished cuffs and collar.

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    Uncommon Threads Basic Fit Mesh Back Chef Coat – Knotted Cloth Buttons – 65/35 Poly/Cotton Twill

What fabrics keep you feeling cool in the kitchen?

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. Have you gotten her a gift yet? If not, allow us to be of assistance! Here at ChefUniforms.com, we’ve got plenty of styles mom will love. Not only that, you can customize an apron or coat with her name or any other term of endearment you like!

One of our most popular apron styles, this bib apron would be the perfect fit for any mother who loves to cook. It comes in a wide variety of colors, so you’re sure to find the right one. Chefuniforms.com Bib Apron

If you’d rather go with a chef coat instead, why not give this women’s traditional fit chef coat with piping a try? Not only is this a flattering fit with a back tie belt that adds to the shaped look, it also looks and feels great, and will keep mom comfortable in the kitchen.

Chefuniforms Women's Chef Coat

 

Have any other ideas for mother’s day gifts? Leave them in the comments below! Don’t forget to visit www.ChefUniforms.com to see our entire collection and embroidery options! Also, be sure to come back regularly to stay up to date on promotions, sales and other fun things from ChefUniforms.com!

A Week to Buy the Perfect Gift

With only a week until Christmas, many people are scrambling to find that one perfect gift for their special someone. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right present that portrays how you feel. Luckily, you’ve got us to help! Here are a couple of ideas that should hit the nail on the head.

Whether or not your special someone is a chef, a new chef uniform would make a great gift for any loved one. Have you thought of embroidery? You can get them their very own one-of-a-kind chef coat! If it’s the thought that counts, this one is definitely a winner.

Father's Day Chef JacketSlip Resistant ShoesAnother idea for a gift is a pair of slip resistant chef shoes. You don’t have to be a chef to wear them, and there are a number of uses for these shoes, only one of which involves the kitchen. You can also wear slip-resistant shoes on a boat, in a hospital, on a running track, or anywhere else you can think of where you might be in danger of losing your footing. Of course, if your loved one is a chef, then what better way to say “I love you” and “I care about your well-being” than a good pair of don’t-slip-in-the-kitchen chef shoes?

Worried about getting the wrong size or style? How about a gift card? Our ChefUniforms.com E-Gift Cards are always the perfect fit, no matter the occasion. With one of these, your friend or relative can shop till they drop, and they don’t even have to leave the house!E-Gift Cards

I know you’re probably wondering how it can possibly get any easier to find the perfect gift. Well, wonder no more! If you spend over $99 before 12/22/13, you’ll also be able to enjoy Free Shipping on your purchase! Happy Shopping!FACE1351Have any other ideas for a last minute gift? Leave it in the comments below!

Keeping your Chef Coat Clean During the Holidays

Chef In Action It’s tough sometimes to be a great cook and not make a mess. This can be especially difficult around the  holidays, when there are so many different dishes cooking at once. It’s hard to stay neat and organized with so much chaos going on around you. Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind and get your hands doughy. Doing this, however, can leave your chef coat a little worse for wear.

Whether you are a chef in a restaurant, at home, or anywhere in between, appearances can be everything, which is why keeping your chef uniform clean is so important. Think about it: if you’re dining in a nice restaurant and the chef comes out to greet you, do you want to see a disheveled, stained mess, or do you want to see the person who handles your food looking clean and neat? I think the choice is obvious.

So how can you keep it clean when juggling so many dishes during this high traffic time of year? We’ve put together some tips which might help with just that.

Precautionary Measures

– Always follow the care labels and wash instructions on the garments. They are created by experts who really know what they’re talking about.

– Try washing your clothes inside-out. This helps to preserve the fabric, making your uniform last longer.

Taking Care of your CoatChef Coat Stain

– Try to treat stains immediately before they set. Use a spoon or the back of a butter knife so that you don’t damage your clothing while scraping.

– Run cold water through the back of the stain as soon as possible.

– Rub liquid detergent onto the stain. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.

– Wash normally with laundry detergent. Don’t use bleach unless your garment is entirely white. If you have black or colored piping around the garment it can turn brown and eventually pink from bleaching. Use warm water rather than hot, as it can shrink cotton fabrics.

– If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak the garment in warm water for 30 minutes.

For on-the-go maintenance, always keep a stain remover stick in your pocket. You never know who you’re going to run in to!

Do you have any other tips for keeping your chef uniform clean during the holidays? Post them in the comments below!

How to Keep a Clean Kitchen

Clean KitchenThe kitchen is often the heart of the home, especially in the case of chefs. That is why it’s so important (and so difficult) to keep this room clean. The same is also true in restaurants – a kitchen’s cleanliness can make or break your dining establishment. So how can we ensure that our kitchen is clean enough? Here are some quick and easy tips to keeping your kitchen as clean as possible.

 

 

  • Wipe down all appliances, inside and out. Don’t forget to get under them too!
  • Wipe down the walls, baseboards, floors and cabinets.
  • Scrub out your sink and wipe down the faucet.
  • Sanitize your trash can – wash and disinfect it to remove foul smells and stop bacterial growth. If you don’t have a lid, get one.
  • Wash all surfaces people touch. Doorknobs, handles, buttons/controls, light switches
  • Wash hands before and after handling food
  • Use multiple cutting boards – prepare meat on one, produce on the other to avoid bacterial spread.
  • Use plastic cutting boards instead of wood – wood shouldn’t be used in the dishwasher because it warps when wet – so it doesn’t get sanitized and can breed germs.
  • Wash your rinds – raw produce causes more cases of food-sickness than uncooked poultry, because people don’t clean it well enough. Scrub and rinse all foods with inedible rinds to remove bacteria that can transfer to the flesh when you cut into it.
  • Clean your sponges – kitchen sponges are a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Nuke them on medium for a minute or run them through the dishwasher, including a dry cycle to get them sanitized. The same can be said for your wash towels – be sure to wash these often as well.
  • Keep your chef coat clean and stain free! This adds to the clean look of the kitchen overall… plus, don’t you just love a clean chef uniform?

Do you have your own cleaning tips to share? Leave a comment below for our readers!

St. Patty’s Day Around the World

Happy St. Patty’s Day, everyone! While many people would tell you that this holiday is about going out and being festive, it’s important to note that it’s about more than just drinking green beer and partying. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th every year on the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish observe today as a religious holiday, as it falls during the Christian season of Lent. So, Irish families would traditionally go to church in the morning and celebrate afterward with dancing, drinking and feasting. The customary meal for this holiday is Irish bacon and cabbage.

Up until recently in Ireland, the law mandated that all of the pubs be closed on March 17th. However, in 1995, in a campaign to drive tourism to the country, the Irish government decided to hold a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater and fireworks.

In the United States, we celebrate this holiday a bit Chicago Riverdifferently. The Chicago River is dyed green in celebration of the day – a creative way to bring the spirit of the season to its residents. This started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used vegetable dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges. They then realized that this dye produced a very festive side-effect: it turned the river green!

This day has evolved from a religious holiday to one of Irish patriotism around the world. Whether you are Irish or not, you have undoubtedly sampled a green beer, or at least tasted one of these traditional Irish dishes:

  • Irish Bacon and Cabbage
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • Potato Cakes

Whether you’re eating one of these tasty dishes or cooking it, don’t forget to wear your green chef coat for the occasion! Don’t have one? Pick one up at ChefUniforms.com, and shop till you drop! Green Chef Coat

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

World Food Day 2012

Today is World Food Day, the day in which we help fight world hunger, one small action at a time. Did you know that one in every seven people on Earth goes hungry almost every day, and the world has a means to stop this? There are nearly 900 million hungry people in the world today, and that number will only keep rising if we don’t do something about it. Realizing this fact, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization put together agricultural cooperatives that will provide much of the extra food needed to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050.

So what can we do to help the cause? At WorldFoodDayUSA.org, you can learn about the different events that are being held in order to raise money and awareness, as well as get some ideas on how to host your own. Here are some of the ideas listed on the site:

  •    Host a World Food Day meal
  •    Organize a food packaging event
  •    Walk to end hunger
  •    Grow a garden
  •    Engage local schools
  •    Volunteer your time
  •    Raise money for the effort

Even a small donation to the cause would make a difference, and could save a person’s life. So get started today, put on your chef coat and help put an end to world hunger.

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