Jacques and Julia: A Lesson in Friendship

By Kim Mahar, Pastry Chef, RN74 Seattle

Julia and Jacques showed me the power of friendship, by celebrating life’s most fundamental ritual together, as the best of friends.

What a better example than to see the twinkle-eyed Jacques giggling under his breath with Julia while filming their cooking shows, for reasons only known to the passionate duo. After plating a dessert ,Julia might have said something like, “You most certainly cannot put this glass in the dishwasher” Then laugher would be shared between the two friends, and “CUT!” Was it something discussed before the show? Did she go off to banter about durable stem wear behind the camera? Did Jacques tell her she needed to upgrade to that fancy dishwasher for the new modern woman? The details were unimportant to me because I would be left feeling the magic of friendship that would warm my heart to the core. Julia and Jacques showed me just how powerful celebrating the culinary process together, with people that you love, can be.

As a Pastry Chef working in a dynamic kitchen, establishing relationships and creating that sense of family with my team is key. We work very hard together. We solve problems and evolve together. We support each other, back each other up, and go the extra mile with each other every day. The outcome of our relationships we build together shows in the food that we create. And the more that we create, the deeper our relationships grow. We strive to be the Julia and Jacques of the professional world. Our production table is the place where we gather and create as a passionate family with love and laughter, as co-workers and most importantly as friends.

About Kim Mahar

A background in and passion for the fine arts, specifically glass blowing, is the inspiration that RN74 Seattle Pastry Chef Kim Mahar draws on for her visually stunning and equally delicious desserts, pastries and confections. Mahar has held the position of Pastry Chef at RN74 Seattle since June of 2011, where nostalgia, whimsy, and a desire to stimulate all five senses inform her dessert creations. In addition to her flair for visual impact and flavor pairing, Mahar thrives on the science and process of baking and pastry, continually experimenting with modernist techniques and new ingredients, efforts, which make her dessert menu memorable and each bite transcendent. For more information, visit the RN74 Seattle website.

About Julia Child Restaurant Week

Julia Child Restaurant week features more than 100 restaurants across the country and honors the contributions and legacy of Ms. Child. Events will kick off on August 7 and run through her 100th birthday on August 15. Each restaurant will feature special menus or events inspired by the 100 most beloved Julia Child recipes. To learn more and see what restaurants are participating near you, visit: jc100.tumblr.com.