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 foodâ€¦ We all eat very well and our next problem is probably how to negotiate a bulk discount from Vicky Belo for a half dozen liposuctionsâ€¦ 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 lunchâ€¦ Inside the wrapped box was a chefâ€™s jacket, with â€œMarketmanâ€ embroidered on the upper left of the jacket! Yahoo!!! I have always secretly wanted a chefâ€™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 pilotâ€™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 chefâ€™s jacketâ€¦ I am amazed that they got the fit fairly close without measuring me!
Isnâ€™t it cool? Actually itâ€™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 canâ€™t imagine how anyone 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)â€¦ Itâ€™s a bit pretentious to wear it at home, but so what, no one else sees me in the kitchen! You want to eat? Donâ€™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!