Men’s Journal photographs Five Portland Chefs
I had to see this one to believe it, so bought the October 2009 Men’s Journal Magazine. The editors picked five “leading Portland Chefs”, dressed them up in suits, and photographed them around town. Their chef choices: Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Scott Dolich – Park Kitchen, Patrick Miller – 50 Plates, Andy Ricker – Pok Pok & Ping, Jesse Skiles: Owen Roe Winery.
When I first heard about this project, I thought it would be a total disaster. Chef’s in Suits! However, I bought the magazine (the article doesn’t seem to be available online), and was surprised; they all look pretty damn good, and I can’t imagine many of them were comfortable with the whole idea. Patrick Miller is pictured carrying 50 plates, Andy Ricker is shown getting a tattoo of a mortar & pestle (pok pok… ), only Gabriel Rucker looks uncomfortable, but let’s face it, no one is going to look good standing in a $6,000 suit along with a leashed, five-foot pigeon – Photo-shop at its worst. Departing from the play on restaurant names, Dolich looks great, sitting on a bed, his children bouncing around him, as confetti swirls around. Insert sarcastic comment about not being able to work a park into the picture.
The magazine is worth buying for the entertaining photographs, along with recipes from Gabriel, Andy Ricker and Patrick Miller. Of course, you could just peruse it at the new stand. Just sayin’