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    Lightbulb Chefs who should do their own perfumes …



    I was watching Rick Bayless on TV this morning and thought: He should direct the composition of a fragrance based on his food specialty, which is Mexico. The way he talks about lime, lemon, grapefruit, cilantro—well, it's downright inspiring. He knows, too, about the scent of the sea. Wish I had a dollar for every time he's said the word “fresh.” I trust his instincts and believe he could create a crazy-good scent. Additionally, he looks half his age (he's 56!?!), so he could go into a skin-care line, for that matter.



    Who has higher standards than Jacques Pepin? So wouldn't this master of the kitchen help identify some ambrosial fragrances reminiscent of the rich and buttery or deep and winey scents he’s known. His accent would help sell the stuff, too.




    Then there's Lidia Bastianich, a woman with verve, fine tastes, and serious cleavage. She would not associate her name with some vapid fruity floral. She'd give you a perfume that would put some meat on your bones.
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    What a great thought Quarry - food and perfume ( ah ! my fave subjects together ! ) - chefs would, in theory, make great perfumers !

    Here are mine - all michelin starred !
    Mr. Hell's Kitchen - Gordon Ramsey - exquisite food combos ,taste bud heaven !



    Curtis Stone ...well... he's also a good looking hunk of a chef ! Could see a trendy niche kind of perfume from him .......



    And Marco Pierre White- he just reminds me of Frederic Malle (OK maybe just abit ! ) .. I am sure he could come up with something just as savory or sweet as his food !

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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    I would like to see what hunky little Jamie Oliver would do with his talents?
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Quote Originally Posted by Lessa View Post
    I would like to see what hunky little Jamie Oliver would do with his talents
    We are still talking about fragrances—right???

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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Creating a scent is a lot like cooking, if you're any good at it, I think the same of people who make wines. Great topic, Quarry!

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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    We are still talking about fragrances—right???

    Maybe
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    Hunky Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone ......yummy
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    A little more age appropriate choice would probably Anthony Bourdain. I can see him doing a tobacco/boozy/resinous scent for the jaded world traveler-type.
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Although I love the younger eye candy....
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Bobby Flay could really "throw-down" a great scent w/some heat! I'd put my money on notes of chile, honey & lime - with some cilantro...YUM!!!!!

    Giada DeLaurentis should do a gourmand with notes of toasted hazelnut and mascarpone....mmmmm....drool...
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    What a brilliant idea! Delightful, Quarry, thank you!
    Comme l'amour, le parfum doit captiver la femme dès le premier contact---André Fraysse

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    What a great thread idea, Quarry!

    Here's Roy Yamaguchi. He could start a line of Pacific Rim inspired fragrances. Perhaps something featuring ginger and wasabi...

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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    I have a crush on Anthony Bourdain. I don't know what fragrance he'd do, but I'm sure I would find it dead sexy.



    (Is he a real chef, or a roving TV foodie guy?)
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I have a crush on Anthony Bourdain. I don't know what fragrance he'd do, but I'm sure I would find it dead sexy.



    (Is he a real chef, or a roving TV foodie guy?)
    Oh yes. He has some great audiobooks regarding his history and life experiences. Wickedly delicious sense of humor. Recommend Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, especially. He will have you laughing so hard you cry. Careful listening while driving! Highly recommend the audio vs the written book; a nirvana experience.

    One caveat, be ready for a raucous and entertaining ride, but NO recipes.
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Quote Originally Posted by Lessa View Post
    Oh yes. He has some great audiobooks regarding his history and life experiences. Wickedly delicious sense of humor. Recommend Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, especially. He will have you laughing so hard you cry. Careful listening while driving! Highly recommend the audio vs the written book; a nirvana experience.

    One caveat, be ready for a raucous and entertaining ride, but NO recipes.
    Oh, fun! I'll look for those. Thanks, Lessa!

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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Ferran Adria from El Bulli, his fragrances would be niche/avant-garde creations:





    and Laura Calder, imho, she picks up where Julia Child left off. Her fragrance would be a summery cologne with Herbes de Provence, which she uses liberally in her cooking:


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    Lessa, thanks for the audiobook recommendation. Sounds like great fun!

    Here is Thomas Keller, of The French Laundry, an amazing restaurant in California's Napa Valley. His fragrance offering would be an experiential one, with several exquisite courses paired with several exquisite fragrances inspired by French and American traditions. One would have to reserve this "experience" a year in advance and be prepared to pay a queen's ransom.


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    Nigela Lawson...she should wear Agent Provocateur. Her own scent might include ginger, citrus and something spicy like cloves.

    Not only is she British, she is very beautiful and knows the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

    (Wait a minute...that sounds like a dueling maneuver...to the heart through the stomach...an upper cut and thrust...)
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    Default Re: Chefs who should do their own perfumes …

    Reviving thread to add comment...

    Rick Bayless - YES. I love his take on Mexican food and I just love him, he seems like such a curious person.

    Heston Blumenthal - because it would be odd and unique and wonderful.

    Marco Pierre White - well, he should just bottle his own personal man-scent and sell it.
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