Today’s Iron Chef ingredient: INK!!

I’ll admit that I love the Iron Chef.  Both the original, and the US version.  Heck I even watched the specials hosted by William Shatner.  So it should come as no shock that I think this story is pretty cool.


While frat guys have their secret handshakes and makeout parties, the modern-day chef has chosen a little more permanent insignia of their brotherhood: tattoos. This distinguishing feature pops up on plenty of chefs both nationally and locally, bringing a touch of rock-star flare to the back of the house.  Tattoos — whether used as a means to cover up scar tissue from years of kitchen work or a means to pick up chicks – are as much a part of today’s chefs uniform as a toque or an apron.

You can check out the rest of the gallery here.

The last time I was in Kansas City, I had dinner at a fantastic pizza place that had some great vegan pizzas.  I can’t recall the name of it right now, but I’m sure someone in the comments section can enlighten me.  If you do get a chance to hit up this pizza place, I highly recommend getting a pizza with mushrooms, garlic, and roasted potatoes.  I’d drive down there again just to eat that pizza.

Any ModBlog readers chefs?  Or just someone who likes to cook?  Got any tips/recipes to share?

8 thoughts on “Today’s Iron Chef ingredient: INK!!

  1. Claire and I have a foodie blog that we don’t update enough:
    I mainly stick to meats and charcuterie (I cure my own proscuitto and handmake small batch sausage) with a special affection for organ meats, wild game and foie gras. Claire is a baker…. her sea salt caramel brownies are to die for.

    The store I get a lot of my meat/cheese combos at here in Philly (d’angelo bros) has a mostly tattooed staff, most of whom have food/foodie related work.

  2. I’m not a chef, but I do live in Kansas City! I was thrilled to see this article in the Pitch.

    Pizza… well, Waldo’s Pizza has vegan fare that I find delicious.

  3. not a recipe, just a statement…. me and the piercer at our shop have tattoos in honor of Alton Brown, our favorite chef, its a spin off of AB’s tattoo , the skull and crossed knife and fork, only we changed the banner on ours to say ‘WWABD’…. just thought i would share that useless piece of info….

  4. my ex is a chef, well, a baker, and I don’t know if he ever did it or not, but he was going to get the spoon from the NECI logo on his neck after he graduated.

  5. I’ve seen allot of lipstick kiss tattoo’s on peoples necks and am curios if anyone knows weather or not they have a specific meaning???

  6. I’m a Chef. crucified chicken, holy bacon, and sacred moonpie tattoos on my neck. also have the Taco Taxi in austin texas. all organic. local produce and beef. hand made tortillas. i serve a mean barbacoa and also make a sweetbread sausage and sweetbread chorizo that is to die for. my marinated beef heart (anticuchos) are the best unknown item on my menu. they are a beast to clean -keep em mostly frozen. cut in small pieces, skewer, douse with vinegar, salt, pepper. grill to rare with cilantro chimichurri and a baked potato. oh my!!!

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