Please welcome today’s guest author, Christine Warner. Christine is here today to share a bit about her latest novel Bachelor’s Special. If you’re a fan of the Food Network and all the cooking shows there, and you wonder what life is like for chefs, you’ll want to hang out with Christine today and ask her your questions. There is a good chance she’ll know the answers. Christine’s sharing some of her research on the attire of historical and modern day chefs to kick things off. Please make Christine feel welcome by asking her questions and leaving comments for her. There is also a giveaway – read on to learn more about that.
About Bachelor’s Special
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.
An Excerpt From Bachelor’s Special
Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.
Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed. Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.
Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs. She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak.
“Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.
* * * * *
Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things?
“No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”
“Oh…are you sure?”
Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.
The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far exceeded sexy and alluring.
Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable. He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.
Christine Warner Shares Her Research On Chef Uniforms
In my latest release—Bachelor’s Special—from the Indulgence line with Entangled Publishing my heroine Jill Adgate is a hard working, down on her luck chef. I’ve always been fascinated with chefs due to the fact that I love to cook. I’m always impressed how they can come up with some amazing dishes by carefully selecting certain seasonings, spices, and other ingredients that turn a simple dish into something extraordinary. To me, cooking is a true art.
Throughout history the majority of chefs were men, but times are a changing and now there are many celebrated women chefs.
While writing Bachelor’s Special, I did a bit of research on the standard chef uniform and found out some interesting tidbits on the history of the uniforms chefs wore while working. I’d love to share.
Did you know…
- The chef uniform from days past was basically made up of a hat, necktie, double-breasted jacket, apron and shoes with a steel or plastic toe cap. Today the uniform can be found to be much the same, or, depending on where the chef works, a lot more casual. Some uniforms are more colorful and less formal.
- A chef’s hat was originally designed as a tall rippled hat called a Dodin Bouffant or more commonly a toque. The Dodin Bouffant had 101 ripples that represented the 101 ways that the chef could prepare eggs. The modern chef’s hat is tall to allow for the circulation of air above the head and also provides an outlet for heat. In Bachelor’s Special the opening scene features Jill in a flat chef’s cap because it’s more modern and seemed something more in line with what I felt a woman would want to wear while working in the kitchen J
- Neckties were originally worn to allow for the mopping of sweat from the face, but as this is now against health regulations, they are now decorative.
- The jacket is usually white to show off the chef’s cleanliness and to repel heat. It’s generally double-breasted to prevent injuries from burns. Another nice feature about the double-breasted jacket is that the chef can conceal stains on the jacket as one side can be rebuttoned over the other. Darn clever!
- An apron is worn to just below knee-length and is another deterrent in the prevention of burns due to spillage.
- The plastic toe cap or steel tipped shoes serve a dual purpose. They’re not only hard wearing and long lasting, but the hard tip prevents injury from falling objects—such as a knife.
Do you think chefs should still have to wear the types of uniforms they do, or should they be able to dress more casually while working in the kitchen?
I hope you learned something new and interesting about the hard working chefs who cook in the various types of kitchens throughout the world. And I hope you enjoy the blurb and excerpt from Bachelor’s Special. HAPPY READING!
About Christine Warner
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.
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