me, july 2009:: by the inimitable bart nagel

i was honored a few weeks ago to finally have my portrait taken by bart nagel, king of puns. robin said that this shot makes me look like a tough-ass. love that. (i'm considering letting the cooks roast me (and chris) at our goodbye party. would i cry? what could they say about me that i don't already know about myself? that i'm nuts and i get sugar highs whenever chelsea brings cookies in? or that i'm grumpy in the morning until i eat my breakfast? or that i bicker with marco every morning for 2 hours while he fries potato chips "according to his grandmother's secret recipe?" there's also my temper. and my arguments with chris. a while ago, doug asked if chris realized that i spend half of the day standing around and talking about nonsense instead of working. it's true, but as matt said, i spend the other half of the day functioning at such a maniacal pace that i get twice as much work done as anyone else. i'm dying to know what else they've got up their sleeves.)

i've got a few tricks up my sleeve for the next couple of months: canning classes, articles, urban farm to table workshops with veller around the country, and odd jobs here and there in kitchens you may or may not have heard of. i'm pretty excited (and a little bit scared). my first priority, though, is to get all of my cooks and dishwashers situated in happy, healthy kitchens around the bay (and one in LA). i've never worked with such a close-knit group of people, and i'm going to miss them all more than i could ever express.


  1. this is the first picture i have seen from you in which samin nosrat is in command of your facial gestures. although you are consious about the camera, you are not forcing yourself to pose for the camera, like what you have been doing in most of the pictures that i remember.great portrait!

  2. As soon as I saw the awesome portrait (and before I read the entry), the first thought I had was, "Samin = bad-ass." I wish I could visit you and Chris one last time before the restaurant closes. Take as many photos and collect as many stories and enjoy it all.

  3. This photo made me think of Top Chef. Don't hate me for saying that please!