Our Chef Michael Uhnak loves his kitchen tools. When we have a little down-time in the back office, we’re looking through kitchen catalogs and talking shop, bragging about our appliances, which models we have and in what color. And although I consider myself a foodie, and lovingly display my KitchenAid, Cuisinart, juicer, and carefully curated collection of wooden spoons, my kitchen hoarding habits come nowhere near to Cheffy’s. This Monday on Cheffy’s day off, he came in to borrow the boss’ truck, so excited to pick up this little number:
Scouring Craigslist, Cheffy got this beautiful antique stove for a song – it’s a “Clark Jewel,” made in the 1920s by George M. Clark & Co. out of Chicago.
His collection also includes an 1800s Universal Wood cook stove, a 1950s KitchenAid, and cookbooks from the mid to late 1800s.
One of his favorite possessions was given to Cheffy by a chef and mentor, whose family was on the luxury liner RMS Queen Elizabeth, which replaced The Titanic as the largest passenger liner ever built at the time and for fifty-six years thereafter. His family kept the menus from the trip, and he passed them on to Cheffy.
Chef Michael says that the items in his collection “bring us back to a simpler time, when every ingredient counted. It was about fire, food, and preparing [ingredients] clasically.”
Stay tuned for further tours of Cheffy’s kitchen, and his cooking.