20 Aug2006


Back in Manila, I had planned to cook a birthday lunch for everyone in the house. Our crew at home is brilliant. Many have been with us for years and years and all understand my bizarre penchant for buying, photographing, prepping, cooking and eating food… We all eat very well and our next problem mkt2is probably how to negotiate a bulk discount from Vicky Belo for a half dozen liposuctions… I jest, of course. Anyway, I had planned to make a special lunch for everyone yesterday, Saturday. In preparation for the lunch, my wife and daughter decided I could open one of my birthday presents early, since I would probably want to use it while preparing lunch… Inside the wrapped box was a chef’s jacket, with “Marketman” embroidered on the upper left of the jacket! Yahoo!!! I have always secretly wanted a chef’s jacket, even though I never attended cooking school nor would I ever call myself a chef. It may be a bit tacky to want this, kinda like someone wearing a fake pilot’s uniform or worse Superman tights (ever wonder why superheroes tend to wear their underwear OUTSIDE their tights???), but I have always wanted one. So here is my custom-made, heavy white twill, black buttoned and black piped chef’s jacket… I am amazed that they got the fit fairly close without measuring me!

Isn’t it cool? Actually it’s really hot! I decided to give it a test run while making a paella and some inasal na manok (grilled chicken) on the barbecue yesterday. I can’t imagine how mkt3anyone can wear this in a hot kitchen, let alone with tomato and soy sauce splashing all about! I am curious why it has a double breast but maybe this is to protect the wearer from hot spills or the heat from the stove. I like my jacket so much I may have other variations made (and the Marketman embroidery straightened out)… It’s a bit pretentious to wear it at home, but so what, no one else sees me in the kitchen! You want to eat? Don’t criticize what the cook is wearing!!! Heehee. To keep cool, I wore the jacket with some black shorts and slippers, very chic I think. The chef’s jacket must have worked wonders because the chicken inasal (recipe coming up in the days ahead) and the paella turned out perfect!




  1. Wilson Cariaga says:

    nice jacket. . . actually you look really young (with those pics) hehe. . . like 30 something or even less. . . then wearing the jacket with the shorts?? Mario Batali? well, Happy Bithday MarketMan. . . i didn’t notice that was one year na!!! i remember your bday post last year. . .

    Aug 20, 2006 | 10:32 am


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  3. Marketman says:

    Wilson, apparently my wife and daughter resisted the urge to get me orange clogs just like “Mario” wears…heehee. thank goodness, I think that would have been a wee bit much! Thanks!

    Aug 20, 2006 | 10:37 am

  4. Christine says:

    Very thoughtful gift, you are blessed with a wonderful family. Happy birthday Marketman! :)

    Aug 20, 2006 | 11:08 am

  5. Jean says:

    Who says you need lipo? you look great! Happy birthday again!!!!

    Aug 20, 2006 | 12:40 pm

  6. Jean says:

    MM, I would say that you do come close to Mario Batali, except that you got better looking knees than he does. lol.

    Aug 20, 2006 | 2:12 pm

  7. Maricel says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman! God bless You! That Chef’s Jacket looks great on you and I think you have earned the right to wear it, what with all the kitchen testing you have been doing for your readers. Thank you for exerting such a great effort to keep this blog going.

    Aug 20, 2006 | 3:59 pm

  8. robksa says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman. I’m sure with good food and cholesterol pill on hand, you will have more birthdays coming your way!

    Aug 20, 2006 | 4:46 pm

  9. thebee says:

    Hey happy birthday, MM! Nice jacket! Oh, and you got great legs. :)

    Aug 20, 2006 | 5:09 pm

  10. iska says:

    happy birthday marketman! wearing the chef’s jacket w/ shorts is really something :D

    Aug 20, 2006 | 5:25 pm

  11. lee says:

    happy birthday marketman!

    leave the orange clogs for me, i would love to have what mario wears on tv. right now i’m wearing a cheaper knock-off black rubber clogs… sooooo cheap and so comfy.

    Aug 20, 2006 | 6:07 pm

  12. ThePseudoshrink says:

    That’s so neat!!!
    Happy birthday, Mr MM! A Leo, I see…no wonder you have such a flair for drama! It shows in your food presentation and writing.

    Aug 20, 2006 | 6:35 pm

  13. Candygirlmd says:

    Happy birthday! cool jacket :-)

    Aug 20, 2006 | 6:53 pm

  14. manilastreetwalker says:


    As I was reading the article and looking at the second pic, I thought you were all ‘geared’ up as a chef until I scrolled down and saw the third pic…hi hi….now that’s something else. ;o)

    What a fashion statement!

    Aug 20, 2006 | 9:41 pm

  15. edee says:

    Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan Marketman :)

    Aug 20, 2006 | 10:13 pm

  16. chris says:

    The jacket looks good on you marketman, of course we just have to picture your head on the cropped out portion, hehe. The heat really takes some getting used to. Imagine standing in front of a hot stove all day wearing that thick jacket! And you have to wear an undershirt too otherwise you’d be dripping wet from sweat. Some say chef’s jackets are double breasted so you always have a clean jacket front conveniently tucked underneath.

    Aug 20, 2006 | 10:17 pm

  17. annesqui says:

    Happy Birthday Chef MM! Perhaps when you have variations made you can consider one with a built-in exhaust fan. Hehe. (Joke lang po.) Here’s to all the best, to another great year…and perhaps to the katerno parts of your chef suit. Hehe. (Although the shorts were alright. Perhaps they should be embroidered with Marketman using white thread naman? Hmmm.)

    Aug 20, 2006 | 10:44 pm

  18. Rey says:

    Happy Birthday MM. I read your blog almost everyday.

    Aug 21, 2006 | 1:46 am

  19. trishlovesbread says:

    Guess I’m tacky too then. I’ve wanted a chef’s top just like that for ages! Good thing my twin won a gift certificate to have 2 made–one for her and one for me. :-) We’re getting them in denim. I can totally relate MM. Happy, happy birthday! :-)

    Aug 21, 2006 | 4:27 am

  20. fried-neurons says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!

    The chef’s jacket looks great!

    Aug 21, 2006 | 4:48 am

  21. Doddie from Korea says:

    Whooo hooo! We get to see MM’s legs! Verrrrry nice! LOL, just kidding.

    Hapi hapi hapi bersday!
    Sa iyo ang inuman, sa iyo ang pulutan
    Hapi hapi hapi bersday!
    Sana malasing mo kamiiiiiii!


    Aug 21, 2006 | 7:19 am

  22. toni says:

    sweet!!! :) now where’s that chef’s hat?

    Aug 21, 2006 | 2:49 pm

  23. Mila says:

    Belated birthday greetings! Great gift from Mrs. MM and the Kid. Clogs next year!

    Aug 21, 2006 | 6:04 pm

  24. sasha says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman!!

    All you need is a chef’s hat to go with the cool chef’s top and you can be the real deal!! :-)

    Aug 21, 2006 | 6:24 pm

  25. Maria Clara says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan and thanks for sharing this post to us. It must be a very, very good birthday!!!!!

    Aug 22, 2006 | 12:30 am

  26. SugarCocoon says:

    funny pic: chef’s jacket, shorts & tsinelas!

    Aug 22, 2006 | 7:34 am

  27. Lovely says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Marketman!!! Cool Jacket! :)

    Aug 22, 2006 | 9:51 am

  28. millet says:

    try orange crocs with purple or green straps instead of clogs..

    Aug 22, 2006 | 9:55 am

  29. mojito_drinker says:

    belated happy birthday MM! great jacket :)
    thanks for all the food posts. i am one of the “more-than-once-a-day” visitors…

    Aug 22, 2006 | 10:58 am

  30. goodtimer says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM! neat jacket! i envy you. i wish my hubby would give me a jacket too on my birthday.. and i’d also wear it with (pink) tsinelas. hehe.

    Aug 22, 2006 | 11:17 am

  31. ponch says:

    Belated birthday greetings Marketman! May you have lots more.

    Aug 22, 2006 | 6:23 pm

  32. hchie says:

    Belated birthday greetings, MM. It seems you had a really grat one. Cheers!

    Aug 22, 2006 | 10:31 pm

  33. Lani says:

    I can see that you are fit and lean. Nice jacket!!!

    Aug 23, 2006 | 7:58 am

  34. negrosdude says:

    belated happy birthday marketman, my idol of all time! may you have many many more. God bless you!

    Aug 23, 2006 | 10:54 pm

  35. Larees says:

    Happy birthday MM!

    Aug 24, 2006 | 6:38 am

  36. dhayL says:

    hi MM,
    i stumble upon your website recently, and i was very impressed on how much love and dedication you put into it, very well done i must say! i was browsing this particular post and i can’t help but wonder if you have the recipe for the paella somewhere in your website? it’s looks soo yummy and i bet it taste just as good! thanks a lot and more power!

    Apr 9, 2007 | 4:07 am

  37. dhayL says:

    well it didn’t take me very long to find your paella recipe MM :)

    Apr 9, 2007 | 4:38 am

  38. chunky says:

    hahaha! i have a chef’s uniform myself and boy, does it feel good to cook wearing one. katawa lang kasi parang napaka-ambisyosa ko pero, who cares? my kids think i’m a pro, a professional crazzie, that is! hahaha!

    Oct 1, 2007 | 9:21 am

  39. artisan chocolatier says:

    Hi MM…Belated Happy Birthday!!!

    The purpose for double breast chef jacket is to protect you from:
    1) the direct heat while cooking
    2) act as buffer in case of spill
    3) flip over when you meet with your guest, so you have a clean jacket.

    The black piping also means that you are the executive chef.

    There are now new designs were air vents are located under the armpits and along the sides

    Nov 3, 2007 | 3:43 pm


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