December 17 2014 – Robert Fiumara
Tune in at night to any cable network and chances are, you’ll run across a reality show featuring cooking as its main focus. While the surge of cooking shows and competitions continues, so does the unique spin that Hollywood is putting on culinary uniforms and restaurant style.
Culinary Uniforms Heating Up
When you think of aprons you probably think of dowdy and boring. But Ellen Bennett, a chef-turned designer is changing the way we look at aprons, one at a time. Bennett is the founder of Hedley & Bennett, and based on her unique perspective as a former chef, she designs aprons that are both stylish and appropriate for a busy chef. She designs aprons that are durable, lightweight, and wrinkle resistant and currently has 46 different apron styles available to customers. Bennett has provided aprons for Hollywood celebrity chefs like Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio.
On the other spectrum of chef wear is metal artisan Eva Zuzuarregi, from Carlsbad, CA. A graduate of City College, her work with metal inspired her to design aprons, made out of 7-pound cotton fabric, that are light and sturdy – a perfect combination for chef’s. The aprons are made to mold and curve along the body, providing ample coverage and a comfortable style.
Chefs Bringing Own Styles Into Kitchens
More and more, chefs are bringing their own styles into their kitchens. Newsboy caps have made a wide reappearance in kitchens everywhere. Their simple look combined with their versatility is a great addition inside and out of the kitchen. And, let’s not forget about the ladies! Many female chefs add a pop of color to their kitchen by sporting a bright neon bandana, inspired by none other than Rosie the Riveter herself! It’s an easy way to keep in line with DOH restrictions and bring your own style inside your kitchen.
Personal fashion is also extending past the chef’s and into the physical kitchen. Many restaurants are adding modernized elements to update the kitchen to offer a stellar dining experience. Most often, this is done when a revamped menu is introduced to diners. Stainless steel appliances and dark mahogany finishes add a dramatic flair to a remodeled industrial style kitchen. Adding vintage wood shelves and iron corbels will give a kitchen and nice contrast with other elegant details!
The trend of an all-white kitchen has been ongoing for quite some time but interior designers report that reality-cooking shows have inspired a bolder palette. Even when the palette is primarily neutral, you can add a bold pop of color with the use of high-gloss lacquer. The bonus of using high-gloss lacquer is that spills, stains, and messes are wiped down easily and quickly on a lacquered surface.
Fiumara Apparel can help rebrand your own restaurant by outfitting your chefs, hostesses, and wait staff in the most popular, affordable, and fashionable restaurant wear available on the market today! We have everything from chef coats, headwear, footwear, and front of house attire including vests and button-up shirts. Let us help you make the most of a new year with a fashionable and well-dressed professional culinary team!