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Back with their third installment of tom foolery, fun and food - the team from Fool Magazine have launched their newest issue with a focus on the theme of Origins. With their approach to unearthing untold food stories, this issue contains the usual mix of left-field articles we've come to love and expect.
From Sweden to Thailand and as-far-a-field as Japan - issue three of Fool is jam packed full of interesting features from across the culinary globe.
The cover image is that of the American chef Sean Brock who welcomed Fool to South Carolina and Charleston. The piece discusses Brock's work in reviving the rich cuisine of Southern America, including a profile of an interesting, down to earth chef with genuine character. Called, 'Grains, Grits & Glory' it's an insightful piece from a part of the world we don't often associate with great dining and culinary discovery.
Speaking about the trip to South Carolina the creators of the magazine, Lotta and Per-Anders Jorgensen, say: “Sean is the most incredible chef and person. He has collected vintage cookbooks and worked in kitchens since he was a young kid. His biggest inspiration in life and cooking is his mother, she is also the critic Sean respects the most! There is this super serious academic side, giving the real low country cuisine the recognition it deserves and on the other hand he loves blowing stuff up, drinking, moonshine and driving like a madman. It’s impossible not to just love him.”
Moving on from oyster and squirrel in the South of America the Fool team travel to Japan to meet with chef Hisato Nakahigashi at the Miyamasou restaurant in the woods two hours from Kyoto - a place where 'every dish has a story'. On top of this there's also a step into the world of cult winemaker Jean-Marc Brignot who moved to Japan in a Japanese style manga comic! A trip to Thailand to chill out with Australian born Thai food master David Thompson and a look at the history of Swedish food with chef Magnus Nilsson (a project the chef is tackling for his latest book).
Hisato Nakahigashi picture by Per-Anders Jorgensen
Another stand out feature for issue three is, 'Who is The World's Most Underrated Chef?' a question the editorial team posed to 100+ chefs and food writers. There's some interesting results with Albert Adriá and the Italian chef Paolo Lopriore receiving the most mentions but nominees are spread out across the sector, a nice picture of those chefs who are closest to the hearts of many food personalities, two chefs even name themselves.
Fool was launched in 2012 by husband and wife duo Per-Anders and Lotta Jorgensen. It has steadily grown in popularity since issue 1 with the pair doubling their original print roll to 10,000 and a distribution network that's growing around the world with a recent launch party at The London Material Gallery attended by some of the industries biggest names, the magazine continues to spread.
Speaking about issue three, Per-Anders said: “It is extremely rewarding receiving feedback from readers around the world enabling them to make new discoveries and having people connect through Fool Magazine articles. We try to make a magazine inspired by the best fashion mags and one tweet from Mark C.O'Flaherty captured it all:
@markcoflaherty: “Loving issue 3 of @fool_magazine - such great imagery, demonstrating how food has surpassed fashion in the zeitgeist”
Fool issue three can be ordered online from the Fool website and is available in a number of stores around the world.