Pentagram’s In-House Chef Is Sharing Easy Recipes With WFH Staff—& Everyone Else
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Apr 2020
Image via Pentagram Design
After furrowing their brows over how to transform the visual identities of major brands while retaining their essences, employees of design consultancy Pentagram like to unwind with lunches prepared by in-house chef Anne Ferril, who has been serving up family meals at its New York firm since 1984.
With the coronavirus outbreak, however, they’ve been driven to stay at home. Chef Ferril’s lunches are among the things they miss about being at the studio.
“One thing I miss most these days are the family lunches that Pentagram chef Anne Ferril has been preparing for our office (since 1984!)” tweets Pentagram partner Michael Bierut.
“The smell of Anne cooking is the beautiful heart of the office,” Bierut told AIGA Eye on Design in 2018. “It’s an invitation for everyone to come together.”
During this downtime, Ferril is offering some comfort to Pentagram employees by sharing her recipes with them, as well as fielding their questions and conducting cooking demonstrations using Google Hangouts, Forbes reports.
Now, the design firm is extending this love to the majority of people who have not had the chance to taste her food. Those interested in trying out these meals can now subscribe to its new emailing list, which sends out the same recipes that the chef shares with the staff.
“I have a vast cookbook library,” the chef told Forbes. She added that the recipes curated during the work-from-home period are for “anyone [to] produce without any special equipment and given the present circumstances’ limited ingredients.”
According to Forbes, Ferril had been tasked since day one to use seasonal ingredients to create delightful dishes suited for “as many people” as possible.
A typical lunch session includes main dishes, a fresh salad, cheese and fruit, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Food and drink reporter Bridget Shirvell had the privilege of trying a jackfruit stew, a fresh salad and an artisanal cheese board with seasonal fruit during her visit to the design firm.
Chef Ferril explained, “Cooking sustains life, supports health, and allows for the exploration of the creative process. It connects us with the earth and with one another.”
While Pentagram works from home, our beloved chef Anne Ferril is sharing recipes with staff online. You can receive them, too! Subscribe to the list here: https://t.co/0bF1frOlKV pic.twitter.com/xfmLMUTtkM— Pentagram Design (@pentagram) April 1, 2020
One thing I miss most these days are the family lunches that @pentagram chef Anne Ferril has been preparing for our office (since 1984!) To fill the void, she's emailing easy new recipes to make at home. DM me your email address & I'll get you on the list https://t.co/SELF1ZgCho— Michael Bierut (@michaelbierut) April 1, 2020
[via Pentagram Design and Forbes, images via various sources]
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