If you want to get ahead get a hat
For baseball cap wearing On Vegetables chef Jeremy Fox it’s crucial kitchen apparel - and a reminder of his roots
While Jeremy Fox advocates a ‘seed-to-stalk’ approach to vegetable cookery, he prefers to exclude any unwanted, human ingredients from his food. “I like to keep hair out of my food, but I like to look good, too,” says the award-winning US chef in his debut cookbook, On Vegetables. “So if you can do both, that’s pretty great. I still wear a hat in the kitchen, though most executive chefs don’t anymore. But to me, there’s no level of success that means your hair can’t fall onto the food.”
In headgear as in his cuisine, Fox is very open-minded. “Bandanas work too,” he admits, “but I’m unable to pull that look off.” And like the good agriculturalist he is, Fox doesn’t forget his roots. So, when he came to choose his current one, he went for a $30 snapback cap made by the Cincinatti label, Ohio Against The World. Because, although Fox was raised in Georgia and made his name in northern California, he was actually born in Cleveland, and likes to show support for his home state. A couple of folks have even mentioned the fact on our Instagram feed PhaidonSnaps.
Indeed, the cap has proven to be a good fit in more ways than one. Ohio Against The World’s founder, Floyd Johnson donated some of his company's profits towards a local community garden. He also says he values having fresh vegetables in his diet, just like Fox. Proof, perhaps, that the state’s great creative minds think, and dress alike.
For more on Jeremy’s work, life and outlook order a copy of Jeremy Fox’s On Vegetables here.