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Top Chefs: 1910

Top Chefs: 1910

From circa 1910 somewhere in the Northeast comes this 5x7 inch glass negative labeled "Cooks in kitchen." An appetizing look back at whatever the opposite of vegetarian cuisine is. Gentlemen, start your skillets! View full size.


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Duparquet, Huot & Moneuse

Manufacturers of the impressively named "Imperial French Hotel Range" and other commercial-grade equipment. Below, an item from the April 4, 1897 Washington Post.

42 Wooster Street

According to this news item from the New York World in 1888, the range manufacturer is Dufarquet & Huot.

[Which seems to be a typo, the actual appellation being Duparquet & Huot. - Dave]

A HUGE wood-fired range

Noting the absence of gas valves, I take it that that is a huge wood-fired range. What a challenge it is to bake anything without an automatic temperature control!

Can anyone process the image well enough to make out the name plate on the range, or the stenciled mfr. name on the equipment to the right, which I believe is a primitive gas-fired hot water heater for manual laundry or dish washing purposes.

Note the light streaming in from a light well in the ceiling. This is the diagonal line on the wall, and the reason that the bottom of door #2 appears lighter than the top. I think this is a basement location.

[More likely a coal-fired range. The bottom line says NEW YORK, and above that, something ending in WOOSTER ST. - Dave]

Mystery Door #2

And the city health inspector asks, "what's behind door No. 2 ?? Do we really want to know?

[Possibly ... DANGER?? - Dave]

The Old Mess

This resembles the kitchen in our mess hall when I was in the service. Except in this picture the stove is newer and cleaner.


The opposite of vegetarian cuisine is sane cuisine.

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