Posts Tagged ‘canadian made

08
Jun
11

recipe development

bubbles!

Theres nothing better as a chef than getting an end product you want after busting your ass to make every mistake on the way there.  The sketches, the scribbles on the back of a coaster,  the late night bar rants – with some attrition – is what sparks the creative mind and fosters scientific diligence.  As a chef I had this with yeasted fried to order doughnuts – rising, proofing, holding, texture and consistency were mind boggling. As the mise en gear guy I had a few bumps coming up with the latest design – heres some behind the scenes….

 

The work was worth it though, like I said, Karate Kid (old school…) meets Ferran…. 

notes

 

I’ve done some straight black prints in yellow, teal, red, orange, pink, and purple.

 

Have a good service,

 

j.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tsst.

26
May
11

183 hours

In 2 weeks, i worked 183 hours – although there was no sawing off of my limbs like James Franco did in 127 hours, I’m not sure where the pity lies, the honour stands and the stupidity rests.

Although, suffering breeds character and creativity – to a certain degree of course – and after the madness that was, the madness that will be ensued.

Enter the spoons.

spoonwork

I had 2 hours to capture and begin to edit the next ban I wanted – and its like working with a timeline on a stick of dynamite. This is the beginning of whats going to happen, lots of props to the spoons that make the plates we create on a daily basis.   The final printed product is in a long way out, but damn, its about time  we gave respect to the spoons that enable cooks to make badass things.
Think Karate kid meets Ferran Andrea.
Then get some.
Have a good service,
                                                                                              j.
patio my ass.
04
Feb
11

madeline

Chinese new year really hit me for the first time this year.

I found myself on sommerset here in Ottawa which is our spadina – and low and behold I got myself a hold of something…. Chicken feet. I’ve eaten much stranger things in my travels – but have enjoyed them all with friends. Tonight I had the treat to eat some traditional chinese food with some friends – exactly what I wanted.

But thats never enough I guess.

As 3 am slowly rolls its lazy eyes I finished a design I wanted to share – something I guess I needed to do…

Have a good service,

 

j.

 

Matters of great importance can easily be solved on a barstool

 

 

03
Feb
11

whats up – whats up?

Us Canadian chefs have a different type of fun come the winter months.  We get squirrely. We try to bang on the things that are well out season in our own country – as well on the things that are.  But to be honest the Ontario winter menu mostly speaks of how much chefs yearn to be with their families – preserves, braises and stews.

This time of year for chefs is vacation time – few patrons want to go out for dinner after the Armageddon of Xmas – let alone new years -the ones that do I give my utmost respect as I garner them as the diehards.

I’m talking Bruce Willis in his 20’s – yippee kai yae kinda diehard – not the wanna bees.

I wish that us as chefs had backing as strong as this everywhere… http://foodsearchottawa.wordpress.com/home-grown/

The point being – as deranged as it could be it refines in the art of the soup.

Soup and stew has been around in every culture around the world at every part of their dominance. Either a proper consumme for a prince or – in my corner – a braise/stew mashed up of the “leftover bits” for the peasant folk.

At the heart of cooking culture is the cooks who are living under the poverty line that eat better soup than you’ve ever had outside of 1700’s Paris.

The difference being we’re not oppressed, the similarities being we’re slaves, but we live the same goodness as badness – we eat amazing food, but barely pay the rent.

The outcome – hopefully triumphant – sits dirty on a satin throne.

The best thing’s I’ve ever eaten have been during  staff meals in a Canadian winter.  Hands down the availability of seasonal ingredients combined with the want to feel warm creates the best feel good bowls of nourishment a chef can offer a chef.

Damn it feels good to be a Canadian.

Have a good service,

j.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kiss a Chinese person today and wish them happy new year!

28
Jan
11

the life of a chef

how to order fish

The impromptu posts, the randomness, the overall squirely nature of this blog speaks well of the life that the chef leads.

Over the past month I have been more than busy  – multi occupied.

I’ve created some banging new screens, taken in an unloved puppy as a playmate3 for my current puppy, done logistical work around the biggest restaurant to open in the Ottawa market – which I am also the chef, developed some amazing media representation of mise en gear, taken on a contract to represent Ottawa cooking culture with savour Ottawa,  and been a vendor at a massive chefs confrence here in Ottawa.

julienne a hotel pan every day for a year.
ask a cook about nightmares of a chit machine

Mostly thanks to my understanding and amazing crew at the resto I’ve sous cheffed at for 3 years, my supportive family – and especially my beautiful wife.

Alas, as any chef will tell you – the busier you get the more you long to be back behind the pass – but in mise en gear’s blog’s case – behind the keyboard.

if I sell it, I might as well be ready to cook.

So these pics tell a few thousand more stories than I can appropriately tell.

January is the month of peace for restos, why not make waves when you have a board?

have a good service,

j.

would thou be a coward in thine own esteem?  – Macbeth

 

04
Jan
11

decompression

If the madness of december has a sane side – its the family or friends we spend christmas with – even though they are, in all normallity, insane themselves.

a few candycane bandannas…

My wife and I spent a beautiful time at both of our parents homes this year – mostly in the kitchen – where all the warming memories of the holidays tend to subside.  I noticed during a 8 hour session of baking, preping, basting and creating new things to do from scratch that the dinner we were spending all day to make wasn’t nearly as fantastic as the day we spent together. My wife making my Baba’s perogies with my mother for the first time, cooking lamb racks with my father in law in the garage on charcoal while drinking single malt, the good things in life.

It’s a bit soft but I really enjoyed cooking all day with both sets of my parents, even after cooking 7 days a week for a month.

Hope you enjoyed your holidays and happy new year!

Have a good service,

j.

julia and jacques cooking at home  – wins every time

26
Oct
10

A word to the editor

The past few weeks have been a mad scramble in my life – a new house, new dog, my job is changing, and so is mise en gear.

Our fantastic Sysco rep has a mutually fantastic husband who’s taken some shots of us in our kitchen with great results – the kind of shots that make the environment we live in as cooks and chefs properly represented as the gritty, funny, mad, creative, and ludicrous that it is.

I contacted him after the Ottawa Citizen got interested on running a story on mise en gear to take some more shots – the results made a bunch of cooks look like a bunch of kings and I couldn’t be any happier.

http://photosbydavidson.photoshelter.com/gallery/Mise-en-

Gear/G0000A6gaN45otQw/

Booya.

After our first anniversary this past september I felt the little bandanna company trudging uphill to deliver headgear to everyone was about to make a bit of a splash in the local kitchen culture puddle here in Ottawa.

The pictures were taken, the interview happened and now the story…

http://communities.canada.com/ottawacitizen/blogs/omnivore/default.aspx

I’m proud tipping to embarrassment over the press the past week – http://www.foodieprints.com/item/2945

Yup.

Like peering into a black box in competition I’m filled with inspiration, and I’m gitty as hell. I’m not sure what this is all going to mean for the little bandanna company that could but I think  the uphill battle is slowly starting to level out.

Have a good service,

 

j.

 

 

ordering one tomato salad – no tomato.