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It’s All About The Chef Pants

From modern to baggy, printed to jogger, ChefUniforms.com has the perfect pair of chef pants for men and women to fit your taste. You work long shifts in the kitchen and you deserve a stylish, comfortable pair of chef pants to support you. We offer soft fabrics, functional drawcords, elastic waistbands and plenty of pockets to start. Check out some of our favorite exclusive chef pant styles below!

Find Your Pant Style

Printed Pants For Men and Women

Our assortment of printed pants is sure to please the eye. From stripes to patterns your pair will satisfy your bold chef spirit.

Men's Premium BBQ Black Chef Utility Pants

Men’s Premium BBQ Black Chef Utility Pants

Features tapered legs, an elastic waistband with a drawcord, 2 patch pockets, 2 back pockets, 2 side cargo pockets and 1 cell phone pocket for your ultimate storage!

Women's Garden Medley Black Chef Pants

Women’s Garden Medley Black Chef Pants

For a fresh twist to your everyday chef pant, take a look at this garden medley! The pant features 2 side and 2 back pockets for storage, have tapered legs and is made of 100% premium cotton.

Joggers For Men and Women

Shake up your chef wardrobe and try out our jogger pants for a more modern look! We have styles for men and women in different fabrications.

CHEF PERFORMANCE – Men’s Jogger Chef Pants

The Performance jogger for men is made out of our most innovative fabric ever! It has a relaxed fit through the hips and thighs, 2 front pockets, 2 back pockets and 3 cargo pockets. Talk about a modern style.

Industry Line Women's STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

Industry Line Women’s STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

This jogger for women is from our exclusive Industry Line collection. It’s available in petite and regular sizes. The pant also includes 2 side pockets and 2 cargo pockets.

Stretch Pants For Men and Women

If you’re looking for pant comfort that moves with you, then our selection of affordable, stretchy chef pants are made for you! You can find different stretch styles to fit your needs.

Industry Line Men's STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

Industry Line Men’s STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

This stretchy pant sits at the natural waist and offers you a baggy fit through the hips and thighs. It has 2 side pockets, 2 back pockets and 2 cargo pockets. You can stay comfortable AND have maximum storage.

Women's Drawstring STRETCH Chef Pants - Black

Women’s Drawstring STRETCH Chef Pants – Black

This relaxed cargo style pant for women has a relaxed fit and boot-cut style. It offers a total of 6 pockets and an elasticized drawstring.

Executive Pants for Men and Women

Our executive chef pants are designed with the professional chef in mind. This selection of styles and patterns also offer the comfort and breathability you desire in your chef uniform without sacrificing durability.

Men’s Slim Executive Houndstooth Grey Chef Pants

This executive pant sits below the waist, features tapered legs and a slim fit. There are a total of 4 pockets for optimal storage.

Industry Line Women’s Slim Cut Pull On Executive Chef Pant

Our new slim pull-on pant features a straight leg and slim fit for a flattering look. It also has an elasticated waist and interior drawstring. The comfortable pant has 2 angled front pocket and 2 back pockets.

Show us your favorite pair of ChefUniforms.com pants by commenting below or tagging us on Instagram @chefuniforms!

ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

Here at Chef Uniforms, we’d first like to acknowledge all of the caregivers that are working tirelessly to ensure our community’s safety. Without your selflessness, we wouldn’t be able to face COVID-19 head on, and for your bravery, we thank you.

To our chefs and everyone impacted by COVID-19, we know that these are unprecedented times in which we are facing a lot of fear and uncertainty. We are here for you and we support you. It won’t be easy, but we WILL come out of this stronger.

We’d also like to thank everyone else who is doing their part and is practicing social distancing. It’s the support from people that also gives us the strength to keep going through this difficult time.

If you’re practicing social distancing, or even just need a mental health break, here are some helpful guides and activities to get you through it.

Family-Friendly Activities

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  • Many celebrities and authors are taking the time to read some of their favorite children’s books. This list provides resources for elementary school kids up to young adults!
  • For more storytelling activities, storyonline.net also showcases celebrities reading children’s stories. This award-winning literacy website can make a genuine difference in your child’s life.
  • If you have kids under five, then this list of activities from virtual field trips to crafts, can be the key to some educational entertainment.
  • National Geographic for Kids offers children a selection of activities and tools to choose from – want to take a personality quiz? Need homework help? It’s all there!
  • Parade.com has also shared their list of 125 ideas that you can promote at home to avoid feeling bored.
  • You can never go wrong with knowing more history. This interactive website features fun history lessons and offers quizzes, lessons and worksheets.

Binge-Worthy Favorites

The time to break out the pajamas and microwaveable popcorn (without feeling guilty) is among us. Sometimes a little “me” time with binge-worthy content is just what you needed to get you through social distancing.

  • Enjoy this guide from Rotten Tomatoes – you’ll be covered in all things relating to television and movies.
  • If you’re stressed and looking for feel-good shows, then this list from Buzzfeed will do the trick. This is the time to embody our guilty pleasures.
  • Looking for a laugh? Here you’ll find 57 of the best stand-up specials that Netflix has to offer!

Arts and Culture

We’re lucky that we’re able to still stay connected virtually, even if right now we have to do so from home. Your favorite museums, classes, ballets and Broadway shows can still be accessed digitally.

  • The stage is always there to welcome those who desire it. You can now watch Broadway musicals, plays and ballets for free for a limited time.
  • Avoid cabin fever and virtually tour some of the world’s most famous museums (yes, from the comfort of your own couch!).
  • You can also take free online courses from top universities in a wide variety of subjects ranging from the arts to the sciences.
  • Both kid and adult friendly, you can take some free Spanish lessons online or find children’s stories in Spanish to share with your kids.

Stress Relievers

Practicing social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to give up healthy living or that you can’t still be active. There are numerous virtual fitness and workout stress relievers readily available. Here are just some of the many:

  • These yoga and fitness classes can allow you to get your daily workout. Even after things return to normal, virtual workouts might be an everyday option for you.
  • Here, you can find even another list of different online workouts that you can best fit your needs.
  • We know that during these tough times, your mental health can take a toll. Find some meditation apps that you can download to help keep you relaxed.

Let’s Get Cookin’

We’re undoubtedly missing going out to eat at some of our favorite restaurants, but some amazing chefs have made virtual cooking classes an option. This is the time to perfect your home-cooked meal.

  • The Michelin-starred Massimo Bottura is now offering free virtual cooking classes on Instagram.
  • Looking for even more foodspiration? Here are 6 virtual cooking classes to fill your appetite.
  • Another activity that you can share with your kids is cooking together. Delish.com now offers online classes for parents and kids.
  • Not sure what to make for dinner? The New York Times offers recipes and video lessons for you to try!
  • The BBC also has a selection of videos or instructions for cooks of all levels.

How are you keeping busy while social distancing? Show us your favorite recipes or share your activities on Instagram by tagging @chefuniforms

Does Your Chef Apron Have You Covered?

La crème de la crème, the icing on the cake, your most loyal cover. Your chef apron is a kitchen essential—from safety and hygiene, to decorative purposes, your apron has many uses, and a wide selection of colors, fabrics and designs to choose from.

…So which one do you choose? How do you know what the right choice is? Here at ChefUniforms.com, we know the importance of feeling your best in order to cook your best. Follow the guide below to find the right apron for your culinary journey.

Bistro Apron

Bistro aprons are generally worn by front of house professionals. They do not cover the upper body, are longer in length in order to properly cover pants and often include pockets. Our bistro aprons are designed to keep the dirt off of you while still providing comfort and style.

Industry Line Unisex Bistro Apron with Grommets

The Industry Line Unisex Bistro Apron with Grommets features a towel bar and a 10″x 10 1/2″ pocket. It has an adjustable 100% cotton webbing cord straps for a comfortable fit and is made out of 100% cotton twill.

Waist Apron

Waist aprons do not provide full coverage. They are designed for the front of house professional’s ease and comfort and the short length allows them to move freely. These aprons will also include pockets for storage.

Industry Line Unisex Waist Premium Denim Apron with Contrast Pockets and Faux Leather Straps

The Industry Line Unisex Waist Denim Apron measures 15″ L x 25″ wide, includes metal grommets, and adjustable faux leather straps. It features 4 pockets and is made of of 9.25 oz denim twill, oil wax coated 100% cotton.

Bib Apron

Bib aprons are your traditional chef apron. You are able to either tie it around the back of the waist or bring it to the front. Usually, the bib apron will come with a standard or adjustable neck strap. They cover the full body and are better suited for professionals working inside the kitchen.

On The Line Unisex Value Chef Bib Apron

The On The Line Unisex Value Chef Bib Apron is soft, durable and fade resistant. It’s made out of easy care 65/35 poly/cotton twill fabric and measures 34″ long x 27″ wide.

At ChefUniforms.com we offer a variety of apron styles, fabrics, colors and prints. We know that variety is important to our customers, and whether you are front of house or back of house, we’ve got you covered.

ChefUniforms.com has many different styles and colors of restaurant aprons to choose from. You can also select from our selection of print chef aprons including houndstooth, chalk stripe, and much more.

Does Your Chef Footwear Stand the Heat?

 

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Chefs, cooks and restaurant professionals are expected to work long hours & shifts on their feet. So, while chefs are whipping up delicious meals, their feet are taking plenty of heat.

What is the best remedy to prevent an aching foot? How can one be prepared to be comfortable and not feel the burn on their heels? Here at ChefUniforms, we have created a guide to help you find your Chef Shoes soul mate, and while your food is on fire, your feet don’t have to be! 

What to Look For

It’s important to remember that different shoes have different purposes. A restaurant professional that is often by water (for example, roles that require dish-washing) may need a slip resistant shoe, while the professional that works with heavy appliances may need a pair with additional protection (think toe caps). Keep in mind to always comply with safety regulations in order to stay as safe as possible in the kitchen.

Different Types of Shoes for Chefs

Sneakers/ Athletic Footwear

Athletic footwear are often designed for specific activities such as walking, jogging and running. Running shoes can be useful for the professional who is constantly moving around. A running shoe has shock absorption that protects the front of your feet which can ease up on individuals standing on a hard floor. If you choose athletic footwear, make sure that they comply with your building’s/restaurant’s requirements and guidelines. Different places may have rules about sneakers being slip resistant or certain rules about laces.

The New Balance Black 608v5  that is available for both men and women features a foam collar, a heel with cushioning and compression resistance and aids in absorbing impact. These shoes are also slip resistant!

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Clogs

Clogs can be a popular choice due to their arch and heel support. The shoes usually feature thick soles for support that can absorb pressure from standing on a hard floor. In some instances, this may be a good fit when standing on your feet long periods of time. Clogs are also lightweight and comfortable.

The Klogs Boca Unisex Closed Back Clogs offer a molded toe grip that allow for better stability. They are slip resistant and lightweight!

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Crocs

Crocs usually include an enclosed toe design that can protect chef’s feet from hazardous objects that can be found in the restaurant and in the workplace. Easy to wear, easy to clean and long-lasting, the Croc is often a favorite among chefs.

The Crocs™ Bistro Unisex Closed Toe Clogs feature a heel strap, an enclosed toe design and an orthodontic foot bed. These shoes are also slip resistant and waterproof- perfect for the kitchen!

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Everyone’s role in the restaurant industry is different, and that’s why at ChefUniforms, we like to present variety for our customers. Whether your main role requires slip resistant shoes, or a well ventilated pair- we want to make sure you are ready to look and feel your best always!

New Year, More Healthy Food!

The year 2018 is rapidly coming to an end and 2019 is just around the corner. You know what that means! New Years Resolutions. 

Every year we struggle with the tired and beaten resolution: I will eat healthy this year. Sometimes we complete our goal (kudos!) sometimes we make it halfway and then eat a bag of chips for dinner (it happens, we know), and sometimes our goal is just dust in the wind. After all, the phrase “delicious healthy food” sounds like an oxymoron…

But what if this year we could help out? What if this time, we had some amazing recipes from previous chefs of the months that are not only healthy, but also delicious?

Find some great options below and make 2019 your year!

1. Chef Mikey’s Watermelon Salad

A note from Chef Mikey: “The Watermelon salad is a light and refreshing salad that plays on the sweetness of the watermelon and the smooth texture of vine ripened Heirloom tomatoes. Some candied pistachios add a slight crunch, and the goat cheese panna cotta contrasts the watermelon just enough without overpowering the salad all together. Finally topped with a balsamic reduction and some finely shaved red onions, this salad is great anytime of the year.”

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2. Chef Megan’s Lemon & Rosemary Hummus

Not only is hummus a tasty treat, it also has a ton of health benefits!

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3. Chef Crump’s Grilled Shrimp Recipe

This is an excellent dish for dinner and a yummy summer meal!

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4. Chef Stefen’s Vegan Walnut-Kale-Basil Pesto

This vegan walnut-kale-basil pesto sauce pairs well with basically anything!

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5. Chef Penelope’s Pork Belly with Peas & Carrots

This vegan walnut-kale-basil pesto sauce pairs well with basically anything!

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5 Perfect Recipes for the Holidays

It’s the greatest time of year, and it’s all because of the…presents? The weather? The holiday movie specials on television? No, it’s pretty much all about the food. Picture a toasty evening by the fire, everyone is huddled up listening to the soft snow brushing up against the window, the eggnog has made its way into your belly, and the sleepiness after a good meal is starting to kick in. Best feeling ever.

We have five fantastic recipes from our Chefs of the Month that we’d love to share with you so you can have a great holiday meal too!

1.Chef Yvonne Anderson-Thomas’ Smoked Chicken Legs Recipe

Smoky and savory, this chicken recipe is sure to delight family and friends alike!

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3. Chef Claude’s Sirloin & Mushroom Casserole Recipe

Why not take a risk and try a juicy sirloin for a holiday meal? Chef Claude’s recipe is so delicious that we just can’t stop thinking about it!

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3. Chef Megan’s Spicy Gorgonzola Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Try a little spin on a classic dish!

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4. Chef Lauren’s Asian Pear Slaw

A salad is a great, yummy and healthy addition to any meal! Try adding this side salad to your main course!

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5. Chef Julie’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Fall and Winter has us pining for Pumpkin! Chef Julie’s delicious cupcakes will be the perfect sweet treat to any holiday meal!

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Some of the recipes above are traditional and some have a little twist. The holidays are all about joy and love, why not spread a little? Chef style!

 

Gridiron Grill-Off 2018 Chef Spotlight: Chef David Hackett

Who’s ready for some football & grilling!? We are revving up for our 3rd year attending the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival on November 10, 2018 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater – the ultimate celebrity culinary competition for charity. We would like to introduce one of the incredible chef’s dedicating his time and talent to support charity through the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival, Chef David Hackett, the Director of Culinary & Executive Chef for the Biltmore Hotel.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and a 1988 graduate of Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the best and oldest culinary schools in the country, located in the City of Colleges of Chicago Kennedy – King Campus. Chef Dave began his culinary journey at the very early age of 12, he has now been in the Hospitality Industry for over 40 years.

Chef Dave has been the Executive Chef of many prestigious properties and resorts such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, Westin Charlotte, Mansion at Forsyth Park, Doral Golf Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Dubai to name a few. Chef Hackett has competed and medaled in numerous ACF, Societe Culinaire Philanthropic, Geneva Association Culinary Art salons and NICA Ice carving competitions throughout his career both local and international; including the 1996 IKA Culinary Olympics and the 1998 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres.
Chef Hackett is a professional member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs as Conseiller Culinaire Provincial for the Southeast Region, American Culinary Federation Active Member and a Lifetime Ambassador of the WACS Emirates Culinary Guild.
He continues to give back to the community and chairs “Chefs Up Front – Flipany” and “Chefs out of the Kitchen” charitable events throughout the year.

Learn more about Chef Hackett!

1. Who inspired you to become a Chef?

I did not want to be a chef at the beginning, I wanted to be architect. But once I started working in a popular steakhouse / rib joint on the south side of Chicago and I got to see how creative a chef could be and how many different mediums of food products to work with I was hooked. Chef Paul Young and the owner of the restaurant Karoly told my father I was a natural in the kitchen and I should pursue a career in the industry.

2. What nationalities or trends inspire your cuisine? (ie Thai, French, casual American, tex-mex)

Having worked and traveled throughout my career I have adopted a few to create my style of cooking (French is what your taught in school, Italian and Mexican is what I grew on and far east for its bold unique flavors and ingredients) Creating new foods is what I love most!

3. What is one of your favorite ingredients and why?

Sea salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – simple and clean to bring out the best in food.

4. Why did you decide to participate in the Gridiron Grill-Off on November 10?

It is very hard to say no to John Offerdahl! He is a fantastic individual! Anything I can do to help support him and his foundation I am in.
5. What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival?

Supporting John by making money for the foundation, having fun, networking and WINNING IT FOR THE 5th time with my longtime partner #25 Louis Oliver!! (2010 champ, 2011 champ, 2012 people’s choice champ and 2017 champ)

6. Any recommendations for those planning to attend the Gridiron Grill-Off for the first time?

Come hungry, pace yourself, have fun and enjoy a great time and vote for Chef Dave – The Biltmore Hotel!!

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Find Chef Hackett at the Gridiron Grill-Off!

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Get Your Tickets!

Instagram: @gridirongrilloff

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Twitter: @GridironGriller

 

March 2017 Chef of the Month Megan Corcoran

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Megan is wearing ChefUniforms coat style 86515 in Pebble Grey w/ Black

The countdown to Spring has officially begun and we’re eager to introduce our March Chef of the Month, Megan Corcoran. A lover of fresh food, she has been cooking since high school and college but up until a year ago, she worked in Social Media, Marketing, and Sales. In the last year, Megan started her own website and company, auditioned and appeared on Food Network, and made numerous other television appearances. Her chef career has seriously taken off, read more about her success and life below and stay tuned for her amazing recipes throughout the month!

1. Birthplace:

I was born in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. It is maybe an hour outside of Philadelphia.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I own my own website and soon to be catering company. It is called Fork This Dish. We are based out of Arlington Virginia.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I would definitely say my food processor more than anything. You can do anything with it. You can make sauces or purees. It is a great way to make bases for dishes. I used to never use it but slowly I started using it more and more. Now it has become a regular and I use it for everything.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

Sight. I was a dancer my whole life. I don’t know what I’d do without visual keys and I think I have transferred that over to cooking. I see a dish first and then make it. I don’t think my presentation skills are the best they can be. But for me, the presentation of a dish is very important.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

I did cook in a couple restaurants. But I really have no formal training outside of that. I had been thinking about starting this blog and business for years. I told all my friends I wanted to do it. But I never felt ready. Finally, I just did it and it has been an amazing year. I guess I would just say do what you want even if you don’t feel ready. I never learned how to cook on the news but I just went and did it.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

I would say cooking eggs. That is a good place to start. It sounds crazy but a lot of people overcook them. Or they don’t know how to make different kinds of eggs like over-easy eggs. Cooking eggs is great practice, you can use different pans techniques. Eggs are a good place to start and a cheap way to mess up. Honestly, I have spent an entire day making eggs and watching Bobby Flay’s YouTube Videos on how to make perfect eggs. Whatever he does, I follow.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means fresh. I am very particular with where my food comes from. I think it is important to only buy organic and when I can I try and find it locally. I don’t eat a lot of meat but I do sometimes and I’m to the extent of on Thanksgiving my family and I go to a farm and pick our own turkey. I want to know where my food comes from. I don’t want to buy and eat food with chemicals, we should be more aware of what is in our food. For me buying fresh, organically, and local is good food.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your Chef outfit?

When I cook, I really like being comfortable. I typically wear jeans or khakis. I used hard top shoes and wear a polo type shirt. For my chef coat, I like short sleeves with breathable material so it doesn’t get too hot.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I really like cooking with white wine. I just like putting wine in my food. Plus, I cook a lot of seafood and white wine is the perfect base for seafood.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

I was dying to leave and my friends will laugh when they read this, but hands down, the best food is in Philadelphia.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

For my final audition to make it on Food Network, I had to make a dish live. It was extremely nerve-wracking and I was just getting over being sick so I didn’t have time to perfect the dish or practice. But I had an idea and vision and it was the best dish I’ve made. It was a truffle corn puree with scallops and shrimp with a ton of butter, bacon and fresh truffle. It was insane, I wish I wrote down the recipe.

12. Place you eat most often on your days off?

I work from home. So most days I cook for myself. But whenever I am home in Glenmoore. I go to Ron’s School House. It is so good, the food is fresh off the table and they have an extensive menu. They make this fresh pasta but also delicious carrot cheesecake.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

I have two Food Network heroes. I have cooked for one of them but the other is Scott Conant. I would like to cook for him a lot, I think he is great.

14. What is new on your DVR?

So I pretty much religiously watch Chopped. The other thing I just finished watching was West World. It was so good but I just found out the next season isn’t coming out for another year and a half so I am pretty devastated. I might just re-watch the past season.

Want to see more from our March Chef of the Month? Follow Megan here:

Website: www.forkthisdish.com

Instagram: @forkthisdish

Twitter: @ForkThisDish

 

February 2017 Chef of the Month Alekka Sweeney

 

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Chef Alekka is wearing CU coat #86515 in Sky Blue

We’re celebrating February aka ‘the month of love’ by bringing you an extra sweet Chef of the Month Alekka Sweeney! Chef Alekka is an owner of a shop that teaches pastry and baking classes near Chicago. Alekka is not only a baking and pastry master chef, she also has with an amazing personality accompanied with great advice and experience. It was truly a special treat for us to chat with her. Read more about our awesome February Chef of the Month below and stay tuned for her delicious recipes throughout the month.

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Naples, Italy. But I am American and so are both of my parents. My dad was in the Navy and stationed there so I was born there.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I am the owner of my shop called Give Me Some Sugar that is located in Roscoe Village, Chicago.  But it is not a bakery, it is a school where we teach classes on baking and pastry. I started the company 10 years ago. The first 2 years were in classes in client’s homes so that I could build up a client base and test recipes. This was right at the beginning of shows like Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss. Back then my car was basically a mobile cake decorating machine; it was filled with buttercream. So eventually I had my real estate agent look for places. I visited so many places but then I found it. When I walked into the shop, I had a “this is it,” moment and we’ve been at this location for the past 8 years.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I can’t live without an offset spatula, serrated knife, and the mixer I’ve had since I was sixteen.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

Smell.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

It is a tough industry to be in. You have to work nights, weekends, and holidays. But my best piece of advice is to find the pastry chef or chefs that you admire and respect. Try and work for them, even if it is for free and during that time learn as much as you can. Before you land on the place you want to work forever, the best thing you can do is learn and get as much as experience as possible. I’ve worked in hotels, bakeries, corporations, big business, small business. The culmination of doing all of that led me to where I am today.

Make sure to get your hands in everything and don’t settle on one thing. Work for as many people as you can so you learn new perspectives and different ways of doing things. And be prepared to stand on your feet for a long time, invest in your shoes.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Measuring properly. I see a lot of people using the wrong measure tool. Even on TV, I see people measuring dry ingredients with a tool that is for liquids. It is my pet peeve. First understand your recipes, master the basics, and make sure to read the recipes correctly. Baking is very precise.

7. What does good food mean to you?

I think the pastries I gravitate towards are the ones that make me think of my mom and being at home. I grew up eating my mom’s homemade bread. My mom saves water from mashed potatoes and makes potato bread, it is amazing. So I gravitate towards foods and desserts that are farm to table.

8. What features are important to you when selecting a Chef Coat? (particular fabric, style, sleeve length, pockets)

I am so happy the industry is coming out with chef coats for women. Cuts for women that show that you have a waist. I also like front and side pockets to hold my must have my sharpie. I really like the women’s style of pants and chef coats. Especially not having to look like a potato sack. The features I like are having something that is both flattering and functional.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Chocolate. I really like tempering chocolate and making chocolate candies. I kind of had to teach myself. I used to work at a candy place in Chicago and I really had to learn myself. At that job, I had to temper white chocolate in the middle of the summer. I just kept playing with it over and over again and now they call me the chocolate tempering queen.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Chicago first and then Pittsburgh is a close second. Pittsburgh is getting up there. Chicago is the one I like the most. You can get any kind of food here from any culture. I like that Chicago has amazing hole in the wall restaurants. It doesn’t have to be super fancy but you can go down an alley and in a scary door and the food is amazing. Chicago is a city that can satisfy any type of craving.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

It’s really simple. I really want to blow you away with a fancy French pastry. But whenever I go to my friend’s house or a party they always ask that I make chocolate espresso brownies. They are really fudgy and rich.

12. Person you would most like to cook for?

Dorie Greenspan. I really respect and admire her career path. She just released Dories Cookies and it is something like her 12th baking book. She’s comparable to Martha Stuart. She was before all the food bloggers, Instagram and Twitter accounts. She just seems so nice and super sweet and I just would like to hang out with her and bake cookies all day.

13. What made you decide to become a chef?

Two different versions of this story. I will tell you the real one and you can decide whether it is appropriate to publish. I was 24 at that time and it was 1997. After you go to culinary school, you have to do an internship somewhere. Normally once you are done with school most people go back to their internship and work there. I did that as well. The pastry chef at the time was involved with the owner’s daughter and he had a problem with alcohol. One day, they didn’t know where he went and they needed a wedding cake made in two days. They turned to me. This was in 1997 remember, there is no google, no videos, no internet to help me.

I turned to Martha Stuart’s wedding cake books. I always say it chose me, I didn’t choose it.But I have a very statistical mind and I follow formulas and recipes very well. It was the best thing for me. Baking is strict but it still leaves room for creativity. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Final note from Chef Alekka:

It was a series of events that got me working in this industry and then staying in it. First, it is a great industry to work in and there are so many outlets where you can work as a chef. You can travel, be a personal chef, baker, own a business or restaurant.

And this industry and food will never be replaced by a robot. Food is how you show your love. I have met people and all the places I have got to go are because this industry helped me get there.

Get in touch with our February Chef of the Month:

Website: Give Me Some Sugar 

Facebook: Give Me Some Sugar

Instagram: @givesugar

 

The Food Truck Craze

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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!

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