Jack’s Story

How PAZAZ Came To Be

I’ve been in the restaurant business most of my life. I started working at a French restaurant in Tiburon California (The Caprice) when I was very young. Years later, after college, I became a partner in a restaurant (Epanoui), also in Tiburon. While I was there, Epanoui was voted as one of the top ten restaurants in the entire country by Time-Life Books. Following that unique experience, I left California on a new culinary journey.

After working as a manager/maitre’d in south Florida (The Plum Room) I went to upstate New York and worked at L’uberge Du Cygne in Manlius New York. I heard of a chef in upstate New York with a famous reputation and that is when I went on a quest to work with one of the greatest chefs in the world. This is when I met and worked with chef Joel Chenet who had been the Chef at the French Consulate in Paris France and prepared food for the President of France.

Missing California and my family I traveled back home and got a job working as the lead captain at Amelio’s under executive chef Jackie Robert in San Francisco (check out New York Times article in 1987, “ FOOD; KNOWING NO BOUNDARY”).

I had the pleasure of working with chef Jackie Robert whom prepared one of the inaugural dinner’s for President Ronald Reagan. With that experience I then eventually became the General Manager at Masons in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. After that I was in charge of all the restaurants at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill, including room service and the Top of the Mark.

Now I work for Chef Jean George Vongerichten in Las Vegas, and have decided to take my culinary expertise into the very products that help produce “World Class Cuisine”.

The Heavy Duty Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan, Non-Stick Baking Mat, and the Steel Mesh Cooling Rack are examples of my exhaustive search for quality merchandise. I had these products custom made to my specifications, with the knowledge I have attained over the years through my apprenticeship with world-class chefs and the focus associated with every aspect of the creation of a dish.

In the world of the culinary arts the tools that you use help produce the “Magic” associated with dishes that captivate the mind, stimulate the palate, and test the very boundaries of the “dining experience”. It is with this attention to detail and commitment to excellence that I bring you my brand, “PAZAZ”.

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PAZAZ TM is more than a brand… it’s a lifestyle.

The “Magic of Cooking” implies the creation of something special in the kitchen, a transcendent experience by which all other experiences are judged. 
Music and Cooking are very similar. Both require passion, attention to detail, and a love that transcends the musical score or the recipe.  As you are the conductor of your life, we take very seriously our responsibility to give you the greatest kitchen equipment to help create your culinary experience. 

Magic in Nature, Bidwell Park, Chico California

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Magic in Nature – Bidwell Park

Last weekend I literally strolled through Bidwell Park. The reason I “strolled” through the park is because I didn’t want to miss one tree, one flower, one butterfly or any part of the creek that meanders through the park.

The beauty was breathtaking. Each turn revealed a new path with 200 foot Oak trees, Birch, Western Sycamore, Northern California Black Walnut, and the mighty Redwood. Then to frame these majestic trees are the flowers; California sandwort, Bird’s eye gillia, bladder parsnip, California buttercup, wild cucumber, and Ceanothus ( a shrub that blooms in clusters of white or blue flowers) very fragrant. There are hundreds of varieties of trees, flowers, insects, and animals that shall be revealed when you journey to this magical place.

Along the trails by the creek you will find convenient places to rest with park benches and tables (with some spaces even having a grill to barbecue). The canopies of foliage are so thick in some places it is difficult to see the sky. I have really never been in a park so encompassed with wild life (except a zoo) that if you blink you will miss some part of the experience that is inches from you.

As a college student we spent many a day driving through the park, hiking in the park, or passed out in the park. I remember the first time I ever spent time in Chico, going to the park, and attempting to tube down the creek eventually leading to a picnic lunch…so peaceful and tranquil.

Fast forward to today and the same energy that is beauty, solitude, and the wonder of nature captivates your senses. The only difference I see is that today the majority of young people are engaged with their phones while the older students that never left Chico (the smart ones that found a way to stay) walk leisurely through Bidwell Park taking in the nuances created by light, sound, and imagery.

In July of 1905 Annie Bidwell donated approximately 2,500 acres of land to the City of Chico. Since that time, the City has purchased additional land, such as Cedar Grove in 1922, and 1,200 acres of land south of Big Chico Creek in Upper Bidwell Park circa 1995. Bidwell Park ranks 26th as far as the size of municipal parks in our country.

As many of us know the original Robin Hood (The Adventures of Robin Hood) with Errol Flynn was filmed in 1938 in Bidwell Park. The park simulated Sherwood Forest, and the movie (a box office hit) also stared Olivia DeHavilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains. When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John (Claude Rains) plots to reach the throne, to the outrage of Sir Robin Locksley (Errol Flynn, the bandit of Sherwood Forest). Rounding up his band of merry men and eventually winning the support of the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Haviland), Robin accuses Prince John of treachery. When the escaped Richard returns covertly to England he joins forces with the King to prevent Prince John from taking the crown.

Today as in yesteryear the park adds a level of peacefulness created by the visionaries that established the park and the town of Chico. With the beloved University so many hold dear to their hearts it is not uncommon to witness the camaraderie between generations because of the bond between Bidwell Park, the town of Chico, and the University… so rare.

This blog is sponsored by PAZAZ™ “The Magic of Cooking” Kitchen tools for the discerning chef. Please go to pazazshop.com to purchase these AMAZING kitchen tools.

Organic’s Bring PAZAZ™ to the Feast

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Pazaz Bakeware brings Organics to the Feast

Today I was shopping at Whole Foods and found an array of organics that brought a smile to my face. When I look at conventional produce, touch it, smell it, and in some cases taste it I am baffled as to why anyone would choose conventional over organic.

If price is the only issue and you choose price over health than stop reading now. Go back to ordering tap water at high-end restaurants and wallow in the mediocrity of taste. Don’t live in the moment but exhume the conversation of dining at another restaurant while not living in the moment that is before you.

I only say this because living in the spatial continuum of the creative experience (which is the best part of us) is something difficult to grasp in the times we live in. However, there is hope.

This hope is attached to the sustenance that feeds the spirit and energizes our thoughts. Without the proper diet and tools to prepare the meals we love, then a link in the chain is missing. We can purchase all the organics we want but without vision and fore-thought it just becomes another meal prepared at a certain time without the value we must give it to enjoy the moment.

PAZAZ ™ was created to increase the value of those organic products. Each flavor is enhanced when prepared from a recipe that incorporates the tools that bring the meal to life. Each flavor becomes a journey down a road that winds to the palate.

The beauty of cooking in these days and times is the fact that we are receiving produce, meat, poultry, and fish from around the world. Most fresh food is delivered in a timely fashion so that we can have a choice unlike any past generations. This brings us to the opportunity to have the finest foods, enhanced by the PAZAZ ™ cook book while bringing smiles to all those that are lucky enough to be invited to the table.

Tonight I am making an organic butter lettuce salad with honey crisp apple, heirloom tomato, bean sprouts, and avocado with organic baked chicken dusted with fresh dill in a pear/cranberry vinaigrette.

Let the preparations begin while I live in the moment of this culinary sensory experience enhanced by music, wine, and the most important factor… those you love and care about.

PAZAZ ™ “The Heart of the Recipe is in your Ability to Create.”

To develop a wonderful recipe you must first determine the desired effect.pazaz premium bakewareYou must then add your experience, your skill set, time frame, and goal of your creation.

If your goal is to wow people that is one thing, if it is to prepare a dinner, lunch or breakfast for your family… that is another.

As we evolve within the frame work of our capabilities and within the parameters of kitchen exploration we become comfortable with what was once uncomfortable. A recipe is merely a guide line to execute a communication into a living breathing dish. This dish (if the recipe is followed to a tee) can make you feel your creative juices flow, and then the possibility for success grows exponentially.

Bringing a smile to those that watch the chef create involves a connection to the process and then the guests become a part of the experience. Using the PAZAZ ™ kitchen products makes the likely hood for a successful dining event almost a certainty.

I have been involved in the restaurant business for many years. I can attest to the importance of each and every ingredient and the kitchen tools you use tying together as one for the desired winning result. Purchasing certified organic produce, quality wild caught fish, and even organic meat brings the flavors together in perfect harmony.

As a kid I remember my grandmother making apple pie with apples from her tree. I couldn’t identify then why everything tasted so much better… but today I can. Not only was this truly organic (as my grandmother and grandfather never used pesticides) but there was the unidentifiable ingredient that bound this composition together, love.

My parents were musically inclined and so was my grandmother. They would play the piano, organ, and violin as an ensemble to accompany our amazing desert. I didn’t realize how blessed I was to enjoy world class entertainment within the confines of the living room. Each bite made me wish the taste and experience would never end.

This experience motivated me to study violin and enlist that teaching into cooking, and cooking into the business I bring to you, PAZAZ ™.

Family, Friends, and Food – The Art of Connection

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Pazaz Premium Bakeware

In the spirit of PAZAZ ™ I would like you to realize the importance of connection.

So many times in this life we disconnect from humanity with our focus on material items and devices. We stare at cell phones many times in places that used to be sources of joy for human interaction.

Restaurants, family outings, over even the walk to school or work. These were typically places that humanity played an important role. It is with this observation that I would like to continue in the vein of “connection” and the beauty and importance that cooking, preparing food, and the orchestration of a meal becomes one of the last bastions for association, kinship, and relationship.

I have been in the food industry my whole life giving more than just mouth service to creating an amazing dining experience.

PAZAZ ™ products are designed to enlist years of experience in the restaurant business at a very high level and interact these tools with chefs to help them prepare dishes from the heart, connecting to the mind, and propelling a meal into the realm of “experience by which all others are judged”.

Or quite simply, bringing a smile to your face, a memory to your soul, or a person to your heart.

As family we still connect with food. The love that goes into the preparation of a dish cannot be googled, twittered, or even instagrammed. This love is the driving force beyond the PAZAZ ™ products.

In a moment of pure joy the connection between the Heavy Duty Aluminum Cookie Sheet, the Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, and the Steel Mesh Cooling Rack becomes apparent. These are products that go well beyond the expectations of most consumers and provide an easy rapport between savory or sweet and the final preparation of the meal.

PAZAZ ™ is more than a brand. As you use these products your connectivity with the product you prepare becomes even more joyful.

PAZAZ ™ products can help make at least one part of your life become easier and certainly more delightful.