From the great Julia Childs to the father of French Cuisine, Auguste Escoffier, chefs are traditionally known for their carefully curated recipes and artful expression of food. These days, some chefs not only show off their passion for food, but they also show off their flawless sense of style, including their eclectic eyewear.
From innovative and funky to classic and timeless, these 7 chefs really take their glasses to the next level:
1. Andrew Zimmern
As one of the most knowledgeable chefs in the food industry, Andrew Zimmern has collected his fair share of awards throughout his career. This Emmy-winning, four-time James Award-winning chef, writer, teacher, and television personality is loved by many for his quirky personality and adventurous taste buds, as seen on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.
When it comes to fashion, Zimmern carefully pairs his peculiar personality with fun, trendy eyewear. Often, he can be seen wearing vibrant Italian plastic acetate frames in a smooth, retro-rounded shape. If you’re looking to get creative in the kitchen, try our Wolfgang Katzer Autor single half frame readers.
2. Graham Elliot
As a three-time nominee for the James Beard Award, Graham Elliot is a chef who knows no boundaries. He was named to Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” list in 2004, making him the youngest chef in the United States to receive four stars from a major publication.
Graham owns and operates restaurants with his wife while also hosting reality television shows such as MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. He discovered his passion for food while traveling in the Navy, which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University.
Elliot seems to go for sleek rectangle frames that accent his oval facial features when it comes to eyewear. If you love the style of Graham Elliot, you’ll want to check out the Twenty Twenty single vision readers.
3. Alton Brown
There are foodies, and then there’s Alton Brown. Brown takes the idea of food to the next level with his expert knowledge of how it scientifically works. Alton’s passion led him to host his first cooking show Good Eats in 1998, where he would build makeshift cooking devices to show that the ones available for purchase in high-end commercial stores were nothing but fabricated hardware store items. Since then, he has moved on to host Iron Chef, Feasting on Asphalt, and Cutthroat Kitchen.
Not only is Brown a talented television host, but he is also a fantastic writer and live performer. He has written dozens of books and toured hundreds of dates with his creative live shows, such as Eat Your Science and The Edible Inevitable Tour.
Brown has achieved many milestones in his lifetime. He is a two-time recipient of the James Beard Award for his cooking, one-time recipient of the Best Book award for “I’m Just Here for the Food” in 2003, and the Broadcast Media Award for his television shows in 2011.
Alton Brown’s eyewear is typically soft-spoken, yet loud enough to make a statement in the kitchen. The glasses he’s wearing in the above photo resemble the iconic style of an aviator-style frame, such as the Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator single vision full reader.
4. Ted Allen
Ted Allen is an award-winning chef, author, and television host. Allen has won two James Beard Awards and an Emmy thanks to his work on the Food Network television show Chopped. Other shows you’ve seen Ted host are Best Ever and All-Star Academy, which first appeared in 2015.
Having worked with several charitable organizations, Ted is deeply involved in philanthropy. From the James Beard Foundation and Point Foundation to the New York and Washington DC Food Banks, Ted has contributed many resources to great causes. Ted’s eyewear preference seems to lean very minimalistic with a touch of hipster. Most photos of Allen show him sporting a black square frame made of quality acetate that closely resembles the Ray-Ban 5277 single vision reader.
5. Carla Hall
As a former model turned chef, Carla Hall definitely has a sharp eye for fashion. Even though Carla traded the runways of Paris, Milan, and London in for a set of knives, she still loves to turn heads with her modish clothing and accessories.
In the kitchen, Hall shows off quite a collection of eyewear. It seems as if she has a pair for each day of the month. That said, the glasses pictured above are a trendy clear frame similar to the Millicent Bryce 160 progressive reader.
6. Masaharu Morimoto
Fusing the American and Japanese palate, Masaharu Morimoto displays a true signature style in the world of cooking. He uses his masterful technique to create dishes packed with bold, balanced flavors that people admire worldwide.
After studying sushi, Morimoto opened his first restaurant at age 24, and the rest was history. Five years later, he ended up in the United States where he would go on to build a restaurant empire around the globe.
He is best known for his work on Food Network’s Iron Chef, where he showcased his skillful technique to families across America in 1999. Additionally, he has written his fair share of books that landed him two International Association of Culinary Professionals awards. Lastly, Morimoto owns a line of beers & fine wines, a grape-seed oil company, and his own knife series by Henckels.
Masaharu’s eyewear of choice is a sleek black rectangle frame with metal-plated temples. His glasses do a great job adding a modern touch to his appearance in the kitchen. A comparable frame would be the 5147 progressive reader from Tod’s.
7. Massimo Bottura
Last on our list, but certainly not least, is Massimo Bottura. Bottura is an Italian Michelin-star restaurateur who has racked up his fair share of awards throughout his career. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was rated the Word’s 2nd Best Restaurant in 2015 and finally #1 in 2016.
Bottura wears a timeless tortoise frame that really accents his facial features. The strong frame adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to his overall appearance. If you’re looking for something similar to add to your eyewear collection, then you’ll want to check out the Seattle Eyeworks 945 progressive readers.
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