Posts Tagged ‘silkscreen

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.

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23
Mar
11

uphill both ways… in snow.

I’ve taken a journey the past few weeks, the restaurant I’ve been cheffing at is now at full swing and I’ve tackled a great gig with savour Ottawa http://www.savourottawa.ca/ .

The president of Savour Ottawa contacted me to create the most badass gift in a goodie bag the Canadian Media and Tourism conference has ever seen –  mise en gear.

Through a long chat about Savour Ottawa’s commitment to opening the eyes of our nations capital to what our local purveyors have to offer in food – I came to an idea of the kind of representation needed to show off what we have to offer.

make peace with food.

Enter the Parliament peace tower with the best footing food here has to offer.

Not to forget the other guys I put together stamps next to a revised <savour savourez Ottawa> logo –

….cheese, more animals, veg, grains, even an egg.

I was invited to the opening gala of a weeks worth of events for this conference – of which I had a small cocktail table dressed in my kitchen gear and accompanied with an old cook friend of mine.

After the cocktails kicked in – and a mention from the organizers’ opening speech about who I was –  the questions surrounding my little table that could began.

“who are you?” “what is mise en gear?” “why are you doing this?” “what are you doing, and for who?”

…  what I like to call cooking culture.

There is no other way to describe the sweaty, bloody,fiery, rawness, angry, happy, mad, beautiful, tired, sad and happy way that cooks are while they make dinners best memories.

without sacrifice....

Thats what I tried to convey at least – and the response was surprising.

They loved it.

Enough so that I feel that it was a  success – not just for what I wanted to show but for how it was perceived.

On top of it I had the guys working the food stations begging their sous chef to buy some bandannas for them ( and make them part of the uniform…) .

The lifestyle that chefs and cooks live are something different, I’m not in the place to judge anything about it due to my bias, but I do think that what it is that we do was shown to the people that might be able to show the rest of the country.

Another small victory for the bandannas that can.

Have a good service,

j.

Satiate your heart.

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

 

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.

 

22
Sep
10

Draw like a chef!

Somethings have a way of resurfacing when you move.

My wife and I are packing to move into a new house at the end of the month, and during the process a few small black notebooks fell out of a bottom drawer – my old notebooks from working in Toronto.

This little guys were filled with prep lists, recipes, and most importantly plate sketches – each sketch had all the ingredients labeled  to aid in recreating the plate that night.  Dirty and raw all of these pages told an amazing story of the most intense cooking experience of my life.

I got to thinking about how chefs sketch out plates, how its normally very fast, very undetailed and completely illegible.  I shared my thoughts with some colleagues over a few pints at the local industry bar post service about chef’s plate sketches – total agreeance.

So why not make a game?  One person gets the paper and pen/marker and they have to draw out  a plate with the ingredients the rest of the table barks out at them – all while doing their favourite chef impersonation of course.

I found that no matter what skill of artist or cook the pictures were all the same, I also found a guy that could do a flawless Martin Yan – and cried laughing so hard.

The final product?

Its one of the more intricate prints that I’ve done but I’m really happy with it.

The juxtaposition of the half faded, stained kitchen sketched with the crisp logo/chefs’ sketch looks amazing when it’s folded up.

I’m going to wear this one for a while and think on it – a step in a good direction for sure.

I’ll have them up on Etsy soon!

Have a good service,

j.

pittsburgians don’t all like their steaks burnt.

09
Sep
10

Happy anniversary!

September 9th of 2009 was the first official mise en gear blog post – how fast a year has gone!

It’s really awesome to get feedback about the blog and see all the people who have checked it out over the past 12 months.

This next year is going to be a lot of fun – I’ve got a bunch of projects in the works for it all ready – doing some different printing jobs and mailing my bandannas all over the country is just the beginning!

To commemorate this I’ve put together a page on etsy.com so I can get my bandannas to people without having to lug them around with me all the time.

Have a good service,

j.

make it nice

26
Aug
10

something old, something new.

occy duo

I’ve continued to print various octopus designs the past few days and learned a few things.

I’ve got this bandanna colour entitled canvas that I like to use for light coloured prints – pinks, oranges, greens, blues – and discovered something neat about them.

One of my occy prints I wanted to print looking “fresh vintage” its like buying jeans with tears in them all ready. So instead of washing and softening the fabric before printing I went the reverse, print first wash later. I got what I was looking for 🙂

occy duo folded on the printing board

I’m going to do some more of them either on white or another light colour without the vintage technique later tonight!
have a good service,

j.

don’t drink the (sea) water