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TrueCooks fall drop 1.0 | 2017

October 1st, 2017 | By: TrueCooks

You’d think making something as ancient as a wooden spoon would be simple. We sure did. All I wanted to do was make a quality wood spoon for cooking. Something heavy with some weight to it with a nice diameter handle and a tapered end to assist in plating whatever you’re stirring. As it turns out we spent over a year testing sample after sample, dutifully rejecting each one along the way for a host of reasons. What we ended up with is our Heavy Duty 18″ Wood Spoon. Carved from hard teak it weighs-in at a little under a 1/2 pound. It’s wide diameter handle makes for comfortable long-time risotto stirring and added control for de-glazing the best bits… Continue reading

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Toronto vs the World: The Chef’s Cartel Season Finale

May 20th, 2017 | By: TrueCooks

Cooking competitions can be a terrifying proposition. International travel to judge a cooking competition even more so. So, four months ago when Nikko Jacino reached out to us I wasn’t doing back flips at the thought of bringing TrueCooks to Toronto. I’ve always felt cooking competitions play to the home cooks sensibilities & never represent what it’s truly like to work in a commercial kitchen. Cooking is a team sport and if you are working in a professional setting, you are only as good as the team you are working with. Who’s the best here? “Who cares, let’s just cook and get on with it” has always been my opinion.  Well, as it turns out what Nikko & his team at Continue reading

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Chris Coogan | Chop, Dice, Mince, Kick-Flip | Balancing Skate Life & Chef Life

March 27, 2017 Interview By: Leland Ware  Photography: Zack Dowdy & Ian Stribling

Chris Coogan is a person with dual passion. His love for both skateboarding and cooking growing up took him from Pensacola, Florida to San Diego, California when he was just 20 years old. After spending the better part of his first year on an extended vacation in San Diego, Chris headed back into the kitchen to chase his other passion. Now he divides his times between the breakfast and fine dining shifts and capturing tricks on video on his skateboard in the streets. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. For Chris, there are parallels in his two pursuits and they definitely feed off of each other and provide balance in his life. And the lessons that he learns in the kitchen are ones that he can apply to his life on his skateboard and share with that community as well.  Continue reading

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Chef’s Roll Center Stage: A Once in a Lifetime Apprenticeship Opportunity | The Final Four

November 9th, 2016 By: TrueCooks

Over the last several months Chef’s Roll has been hosting a series of cooking competitions that culminated last Monday in Los Angeles, California. The four finalists, Brandon Duley, Fatima Ali, Joseph Bott and Logan Kendall were flown to Los Angeles for the final test at the premier chef placement agency, Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions Hospitality Recruitment‘s state of the art test kitchen. Continue reading

 

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Marcel Vigneron | The Wolf Pack | Plant Based Cuisine & Top Chef Drama Queens

September 19, 2016 Interview By: TrueCooks  Photography: SDJ

Marcel Vigneron is from a small island off the coast of Washington. He was inspired to cook by watching his mother and started working in restaurants while still in high school. It wasn’t until a post high school trip to Europe that he developed a true appreciation for the culinary arts. Upon returning, he enrolled in the CIA in New York and began what would eventually be five years of schooling.  Out of school and working at Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas Continue reading

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Fall 2016 Collection | Look Book

September 5th, 2016 By: TrueCooks

In the three years TC has been in business we’ve learned a lot; As much as things change they also stay the same. The mise en place constantly changes, evolves, and improves but the struggle remains the same. Continue reading

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Late Summer Collection | Look Book

August 1, 2016 By: TrueCooks

Pushing for better results is part of our game. It’s easy to get caught up on the next trend, who’s doing what or where and loose touch with yourself and your journey. The dope thing about cooking is how personal it can be and Continue reading

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Doug Rodrigues | Sacrifices Made, Fake Drama & Fine Dining in Boston

June 14th, 2016 Interview By: TrueCooks Photography By: SDJ

Doug Rodrigues came up in cooking the hard way. He worked his way up under tough chefs that taught him the skills and discipline needed to succeed. Rodrigues started working in restaurants at 14 in order to pay for his skateboards. Continue reading

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Summer 2016 Collection | Look Book

May 17th, 2016 By: TrueCooks

Summer means long days and even longer shifts for most of us. Keeping it fun with your  crew is crucial to successfully navigating a hot, busy, service. It’s that sense of fun & unity that was our inspiration behind this limited collection. We hope you have as much fun rocking this stuff as we did designing it!  Continue reading

 

 

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Black & White Capsule Collection | Look Book

March 12, 2016 by: TrueCooks

Challenging yourself to do better everyday is necessary in becoming a Chef. Long hours alone just wont do it. One needs to find focus and constantly improve their skills and refine their technique. We apply the same approach to our apparel. In our new ‘Black & White’ collection Continue reading