When a photographer, videographer and chef team-up what do you get?
Military combat rations (MRE’s) turned Michelin starred meals. Most-likely what you weren’t thinking, but by the looks of the photos below, this project turned out to be a success. Experimenting with this food concept of elevating MRE’s into Michelin starred meals are New York chef Chuck George, videographer Jimmy Pham and photographer Henry Hargreaves. What also makes this so unique (besides the fact they’re using MRE’s) is that they actually scoured the markets to find these rations from different military’s around the world. From the USA to Russia, China to Lithuania, it becomes eye-opening when you realize what you’re looking at is a military MRE. Knowing these brave men and women are surviving on this while they’re out in combat, it’s nice to see an elegant twist on this not-so-tasty food.
When you finally get a night off from the kitchen and you decide to go out drinking until dawn, Munchies: Late-Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs is definitely the cookbook you want to have on-hand when you get home from the madness. Based on MUNCHIES’ popular Chef’s Night Out series, this book is basically going to save you from the hangover you weren’t seeking. It’s also set to put a spin on the other boring cookbooks you’ve had sitting on your wannabe bookshelf for the past decade (just look at the title) while featuring stories from 65 world renowned chefs. Anthony Bourdain, Dominique Crenn, David Chang and many others will share their best recipes for dodging the after-effects of late-night debauchery. If that doesn’t give you confidence, it’s even written by an award-winning cookbook author JJ Goode who will break it up into different scenarios such as “Drinks,” “Things with Tortillas” and our personal favorite “Morning After.” The cookbook doesn’t officially release until October 2017, however you can pre-order now and be surprised by the goodness later.
When Jon Favreau’s Chef finally hit the big screen I don’t think anyone coming out of the theater expected to be craving a Cubano. All-in-all it was actually a good movie – very inspiring. But damn, those Cuban sandwiches are all I can think about ’till this day. Luckily we have Binging with Babish to show us how to make those mouthwatering Cubano’s straight out of the movie. Check the video.
Coming straight out of Cape Town, South Africa, Black Insomnia has stepped in to claim the title of world’s strongest coffee over Death Wish. We think that most chefs can agree that busting out a 12 hour shift comes down to having dangerous amounts of caffeine in your system. Packed with 702 mg of caffeine we think this will do the job for you. Not only will it keep you awake all day and all night, but specific efforts made ensure that this coffee is actually enjoyable flavor-wise. It is said to carry a slight walnut flavor with an almost sweet taste profile without having to add sugar. Now if you’re wondering if it’s safe, it is. But if you’re not a frequent caffeine drinker, this might be something you want to build up your tolerance for.
Amsterdam Chef Robbie Postma and photographer Robert Harrison teamed up to take the meaning of food photography to a whole new level. Sure, chef’s taking pictures and showcasing their masterful dishes has more than found it’s niche on Instagram, but this is way different than anything we’ve ever seen before. They’ve basically created a menu with the likes of your favorite entree’s, however this isn’t being served on a plate, but rather a face. Yes, a face. Capturing the tensions built and released in the kitchen the goal of this photo shoot according to Chef Postma was to,
“capture the love and attention that goes into creating a good menu, we avoided any digital intervention. Every ingredient has been attached manually, no Photoshop, handcrafted with every attention to detail. Just like in a good kitchen.”
The photos are definitely something to look at due to the amount of time and attention to detail put into creating this concept. Check some of our favorite photos below or head over to postma-harrison.com for a full look and some behind the scenes shots.
Being a chef you’ll find that induction cookers will always have their pros and cons of cooking. When we came across the Cal-Mil Bamboo Induction Cooker we have to admit we were quite impressed. Keeping it’s aesthetic clean and modern we love that this is not just a big hunk of metal just sitting all by it’s lonesome. It adds another stylish touch (aside from your Chef Life gear) to your cooking or food display while also taking up minimal space. It runs off a standard electrical outlet, has a control panel that allows you to adjust the temperature and the most important part of it all is that it cook’s food quickly! Last minute pop-ups rejoice!
While many of us are still loathing the Breaking Bad series ending for good, we should feel lucky that Better Call Saul has filled the gaping hole in our television binge watching and our reason to make a fucking delicious Sunday night meal. On March 29 and 30 from noon to 10 p.m. Los Pollos Hermanos will be popping up in Downtown Los Angeles at 1345 E. 6th Street; just a block away from the Arts District. They recently popped up at SXSW in Austin, Texas with a full menu from the show, but for some reason they were only selling curly fries, water and dipping sauces. They’ll hopefully be serving up more of their menu (hopefully chicken), but it’s not a guarantee. I guess we’ll have to show up to find out! This of course is all in play for the premier of Season 3 ‘s Better Call Saul which premiers April 10 on AMC.
Coming off the most successful Kickstarter knife project in history with a high quality affordable chef’s knife, Misen is now introducing their brand new paring knife to the game. Utilizing the same quality materials as their chef’s knife, the Misen Paring Knife promises to deliver on peeling, coring, mincing and trimming. It’s made from Japanese high carbon steel which features 60% higher carbon content than other “premium” knives out there, while also using more acute 15 degree angles rather than the standard 25 degree angles for a noticeably sharper cutting face. Misen’s Paring Knife come in at a 3.2 inch blade , a total length of 7.2 inches and weight of 80 grams. Mad props to Misen for coming out with clean, quality and affordable knives for chefs.
Since June 2016, Chef Jason Fullilove has been pushing the envelope with his Barbara Jean pop-up restaurant by offering a modern twist on American Soul Food. With momentum only building up from here, Chef Fullilove is now stepping into the former Smoke.Oil.Salt location on Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, CA for a weekend residency that’ll feature his Barbara Jean pop-up concept. He’ll still be keeping heavy focus on the roots of African-American cooking, it’s nutritional foundation and original applications such as meats, offal, ancient grains, vegetables and fermentation. All of this while keeping the presentation on-point and the flavors flowing.
Huy Fong, the makers of Sriracha, have found another way to keep their cult-following happy by introducing Sriracha Seasoning Stix. We’ve seen numerous chefs put a Sriracha twist on their dishes, but this could very well be the magic trick that makes their infused dish that much better. When cooked, Sriracha Seasoning Stix liquify down to infuse your dish with the signature spicy flavor, however, when you didn’t think there could be an extra twist, there is. With four different flavors – Classic Sriracha, Sriracha Butter Garlic, Sriracha Teriyaki, and a yet to be named special blend – you’ll likely stick em’ anywhere you can. Preferably beef, poultry, fish, or anything else you can get those culinary hands on. Unfortunately free samples are all sold out, but keep checking their website for updates.