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September 20, 2006
My Chef Wears Marc Jacobs
filed under: Ramblings
Now, let's be honest: does it really matter what you wear in the kitchen? Meaning, is your food inspired by what you're wearing when you concoct it? Probably not. Or, at least, not likely in professional kitchens, where they're almost invariably wearing chefs' whites and sterile accessories like starched aprons and clogs. But, deep down inside, I secretly hope that instead of clogs my chef will instead be shod in these fabulous Marc Jacobs heels, replete with multi-colored semi-psychedelic flare for good measure (and a lot of inspiration). Everyone, meet Jamie Lauren, '05 SF Chron Rising Star Chef and soon-to-be fabu food purveyor at Prana Resto.
Jamie, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Prana Restaurant opening party last week here in the city, has fantastic fashion sense in addition to her culinary prowess. I don't have to dwell on the latter since she's got a heck of a pedigree to be heading up a "big deal" new destination dining spot in one of the world's hottest dining cities. Instead, what struck me when I met her was how VERY HIP she is. I mean, take a look. What's not to like?
And, besides Jamie's being very fabulous, the food's not bad either. In fact, I really enjoyed the tray passed hors d'oeuvres that were offered at the swank opening, which gave a promising glimpse at what this new spot's going to turn out: Cal-Indian fusion, with an emphasis on organic, locally grown and seasonal ingredients.
Jamie grew up in NYC, where she sampled the best Indian cuisine that could be found in that city's many fabulous neighborhood Indian joints. Now a SF gal, she's striving to bring the two worlds together. And if the nibbles I tried last week are a preview of what's to come, we should be excited.
Besides just good eats and a hot chef, Prana will apparently be a destination party joint as well. After dinner the lights will go down and tables will make way for a club. I'm a little nervous about the timing - the Prana folks promise the partying won't go down 'til the dining ends, something that sounds diff in this late night dining town - but otherwise it sounds like a go to me. Sort of like Supper Club without having to remain chained to your table after hours. Why not? Hopefully, Jamie will make a cameo at the club in her MJ's. ;)
11.5.06 - Quick update - looks like Jamie's moved on from the Prana project due to some logistical glitches. Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper.com has the latest: