Andrew Valenzuela’s Spoonful Story
It doesn’t get much simpler than dried corn and chilies, yet this Spoonful by Andrew Valenzuela will stop you in your tracks with its trailing lines and ornately decorated spoon. “These are the ingredients I have used my whole life – not just for my culinary career but when I was growing up too. These are the ingredients my family used and what they taught me how to use. Without that basic knowledge and passion for food being taught to me at a young age, I wouldn’t be the chef I am today.”
The story behind Valenzuela’s spoon is the reverse of many in this series: it was given to him by a former student rather than a mentor. “I keep it to remind myself that no matter where I am, I should remember how I started.”
Ingredients: Dried corn, guajillo chili, chipotle chili, thai chili and cape gooseberries
What are the “Spoonfuls of Inspiration”
Among chefs there is one universal truth: each has a favorite spoon. Whether wooden, metal, porcelain, plastic, or bone, chefs use this indispensable tool to measure, stir, flip, fold, divide, carry, plate, and – most importantly – to taste. Most chefs will tell you that their favorite spoon is an extension of themselves, an appendage without which they would be hard-pressed to survive.
Brent Herrig’s Spoonfuls of Inspiration series captures the unique emotional connection between chef and spoon. Created in collaboration with the chef, these abstract portraits showcase their favorite spoon alongside the ingredients and elements that inspire them. Here you’ll find a selection of Spoonfuls of Inspiration representing chefs, bartenders, and baristas from around the globe.
Limited edition print:150 copies
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