Outside of the music industry, there are few careers (outside of tattoo artists) where tattoos are more prevalent and as widely accept as in the food service industry, especially among chefs. Being a quality chef is much more about the art of preparing food than just the basic steps of following a recipe.
The artistic nature of food preparing taps into the artistic nature of its practitioners, the chefs. So the connection with an appreciation of other artistic forms of expression, especially body art, is to be expected. One only needs to look at a competition show like “Top Chef”, where the two finalists both possess significant amounts of impressive body art.
In Season 10 of “Top Chef”, Boston-based (and Korean-born) chef and model, Kristen Kish battled it out with runner-up, Brooke Williamson (who will be featured later), to take home the coveted title of ‘top chef’.
Kristen took the long road to victory in this season’s competition. After starting off the season strongly, including receiving praise from Emeril Lagasse, Kristen ran into trouble during the ‘Restaurant Wars’ competition in Week 10 and was eliminated from the competition
Kristen’s quest was not yet ended. During Season 9, the producers had introduced a new segment called “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen”, which is a companion web series where eliminated finalists compete in a sort of ‘survivor series’ against one another for a chance to return to the main competition. Kristen succeeded in that endeavor and returned for the finale, where she defeated Brooke Williamson (a good friend who is frequently photographed with Kristen).
Throughout the competition, Kristen’s tattoos on her forearms were prominently visible and the subject of curiosity for those who want to know the stories behind them.
Entering the competition, Kristen already had 6 ink designs on her body (Bostonian Magazine.com). They are:
A butter knife
- A music note
- A spoon
- Her dad’s sailboat number
- “I love you” in her mom’s handwriting
- Her name in Korean.
Late in the competition, she felt compelled to add to her collection of body art with a series of floral herb designs on her outer forearm. Included are a chive blossom, parsley, chervil, and tarragon. Kristen proudly showed the process of getting inked on her Twitter page and enjoys displaying the finished product (which is an impressive, detailed, captivating tattoo).
You can follow Kristen on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/KristenLKish