History of the Toque

History of the Toque

Many years ago, Jeff told me at one time there were 100 pleats on a toque (That’s the name of a chef’s hat.). And that each pleat represented one way to cook an egg. I was pretty incredulous. I wondered how in the world anyone could cook an egg that many ways. Well, it turns out, he was right.

I discovered pleats, as well as toques, are immersed in rich history. Originally the idea was the more experience a chef had, the more pleats were on his toque. Each pleat signified a technique or recipe he had mastered. And, Jeff was right – at one time, a chef had 100 pleats in his toque to signify the 100 ways he could prepare an egg.

If a pleat holds that much history, I mused, what can we learn about the history of a toque? Where did it come from? And, when did it first appear on the scene?

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On Being Married to a Chef

On Being Married to a Chef

I’ve been sitting at my desk all morning working on our new website. Google tells me my old site is no longer acceptable. It doesn’t play nice with mobile devices.

Though this is something I’ve been putting off, I’m glad I finally made it to this item on my to-do list. Soon, I’ll be able to check the task off and move on.

And, truth-be-told, I’ve been having a good time and am excited for the upcoming GoLive date, which will have happened by the time you read this.

There’s an addition to our new site – this food blog. I know… I may be adding even more work to my life than I really want to take on. But, who knows? Maybe it will be fun. Maybe I’ll be able to exercise those creative muscles that seem to have atrophied over the years. Maybe I’ll make some new friends. And, who knows. Maybe I’ll actually add some value to someone else’s life.

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