Brent Herrig Spoonfuls of Inspiration in orange & black

Dave Mawhinney – Rooted in Heritage


Dave Mawhinney’s Spoonfuls of Inspiration Story

Dave Mawhinney has had this particular spoon for more than 15 years. “The spoon was ‘borrowed’ from one of the first restaurants I worked at in Toronto.  It’s an extension that allows you to connect with the food you’re cooking in a much more precise and controlled manner than say a fork or pair of tongs.” About ten years ago, Mawhinney altered it by adding perforations so he could use it to strain foods cooked in liquid. The spoon has occasionally gone missing over the years, but it always seems to turn up. “Because it’s one of a kind, no one else can say it’s theirs.”

When it comes to his spoonful, Mawhinney feels it captured a moment in the arc of his constantly evolving chefdom. “These ingredients are a great example of how different flavors and textures can elevate and become something greater than the sum of their individual parts. It also represents how, for example, beets are used in three different directions – as part of the cure, as a puree, and as a pickled garnish. Ingredients are just as important as the technique.”

Ingredients: Hamachi, beets, salmon roe, caraway seeds, dill, and horseradish

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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.

Product Details

Limited edition print:150 copies

Gallery acrylic mount finishing: This is a perfect ready-to-hang presentation for galleries, homes, restaurants or exhibitions. It is durable and robust with guaranteed brilliant colors and UV protection. The original Océ Lightjet exposure system photo print on Kodak Pro Ultra Endura paper results in a high quality finish with rich, vibrant colors and deep blacks. The photo print is then mounted between 1/8″ (4mm) thick acrylic panels.

Print only finishing: For those wishing to customize mounting and framing. The original Océ Lightjet exposure system photo print on Kodak Pro Ultra Endura paper results in a high quality finish with rich, vibrant colors and deep blacks.

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