Culinary Bow Tie Devotees: James Beard, Christoper Kimball, Alton Brown, and Logan Guleff

Culinary Bow Tie Devotees: James Beard, Christoper Kimball, Alton Brown, and Logan Guleff

Left to right and top to bottom: James Beard (image from Wikimedia and used under Creative Commons license from Bill Golladay), Christopher Kimball, Alton Brown, and Logan Guleff

Left to right and top to bottom: James Beard (image from Wikimedia and used under Creative Commons license from Bill Golladay), Christopher Kimball, Alton Brown, and Logan Guleff

Who knew? Several notable chefs in the culinary world are also bow tie devotees. They include: James Beard, Christopher Kimball, Alton Brown, and Logan Guleff.

According to the James Beard Foundation, Beard was “Anointed the ‘Dean of American cookery’ by the New York Times in 1954, James Beard laid the groundwork for the food revolution that has put America at the forefront of global gastronomy.” He’s known for advancing American cuisine through cookbooks, teaching, media appearances, and travels. The award named after him is considered one of the most prestigious culinary awards.

Kimball is best known for founding the America’s Test Kitchen franchise on public television. He also has edited cooking magazines, written books, contributed columns, and has made numerous media appearances in other prominent outlets. He’s following up his America’s Test Kitchen venture with Milk Street Kitchen, a new multimedia outfit devoted to his beloved specialty of the culinary arts.

As a celebrity chef, Brown is best known for his work on the Food Network cable television channel. He’s hosted numerous shows including those involving cooking science and technique exploration, documentaries, and competitions. His broadcasting success is no doubt tied to his strong and endearing distinct style and personality.

Guleff is the newest entrant of these four gents to the culinary scene; he won the second season of MasterChef Junior in 2014. Clearly a culinary prodigy, he started cooking at the age of two and soon found himself on TV and visiting President Obama and the First Lady.

Beyond their common talent for cooking, branding themselves, promoting their work in the media, and endearing themselves to legions of fans, they all share some sartorial flair by wearing bow ties. This makes sense as it is important for people who wear bow ties to have a strong sense of individuality and confidence that draws other people to them. Thus, a bow tie doesn’t make one a celebrity chef, but the propensity to sport the ties does exhibit many attributes needed to propel one to such status.

We, as fellow neckwear devotees, should take inspiration from these top blokes by harnessing the traits we share with them that compel us to wear bow ties to make the world a better place.