Move over, tired old toque! D.C. chefs have a new style icon: the newsboy cap, validated by none other than the District’s best known kitchen boss, José Andrés. You’ve seen the famed chef sporting the dapper headgear on the Today Show, on CNN, and also mingling among guests at his new pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern, in Penn Quarter.
“I got this in New York,” Andrés proudly told me at a cocktail reception at his nearby Mediterranean spot Zaytinya shortly following his James Beard Award win for “Outstanding Chef” back in May. A somewhat jaded Andrés staffer later added, “Yeah, the tie is new, too,” referring to the chef’s loosened neck wear. The cap now seems permanently cemented to Andrés’ head.
Beyond the style points, the newsboy cap turns out to be an apt choice for Andrés. Once fashionable around the turn of the 20th century, the hat has regained popularity in hipster circles in recent years—kind of like what Andrés is now attempting to do with the America Eats menu: bring back forgotten recipes.
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