Jeffrey Alan Marks

Jeffrey shares his cooking fears and his thoughts on Kathryn's client.

on Jun 21, 20110

It has been another very fun and hectic week at Jam Inc., we have had countless calls about the square shower drain on last weeks episode. It seems I am not alone in my belief that the shower drain as important a design element as any other in a bathroom. Waterworks are going to be selling a lot of drains. People seem to have fallen in love with the fish wallpaper in my kitchen which is hand painted on silver paper by one of my absolute favorite companies de Gournay. For more resources on the show follow me on Twitter and ask about the things you like. I'm always happy to share a great find. My Twitter handle is @jeffreymarksinc or you can like my company page on Facebook for more behind the scenes pictures and resources.

In this week's episode I learned a great life lesson. I finally understand why it is that clients sometimes stare at me with a blank expression on their faces when I show them a design scheme for their project. It is because they are overwhelmed with way to much information. That is the look you clearly see on my face on this weeks episode when I break a very visible sweat in the kitchen with Suzanne Goin when she is telling me about Cipollini onions.

Let me explain by saying that cooking admittedly is not my greatest skill (although, eating I am very good at). Suzanne is such an amazingly talented chef, few people know their way around a kitchen as well as she does. The success of her restaurants Lucques, AOC, and Tavern are a testimony to her prowess at the burners. Her first book was a smash success, and she is deservedly a James Beard Award winner, so when she started rattling off ingredients for the tart I have to say my brain completely shut down. Now I know how my poor clients feel, as Cipollini is to me, Chippendale is to them. Fortunately, Suzanne is a wonderful teacher and she gently coached me through the recipe so I left feeling more confident than when I arrived. I'm going to take a leaf from her cookbookSunday Suppers at Lucques and slow down in my client presentations. . .take them through it one velvet at a time so to speak.

Recreating the tarts the second time around was not as difficult as I thought it would be (oven temperature aside -- thanks Demetra!), and judging by Ross' reaction to the final product they turned out very well. Precious little seems to please Ross, as you the viewers will have realized by now, so I think it was a job well done considering he was so impressed.

Speaking of a job well done, how stunning was the location and décor at the party? There is nothing better than a Malibu beach house in the early evening although I would not want to be anywhere near the Malibu beach house poor Kathryn Ireland is working on in Episode 4. That job is turning out to be a difficult one for Kathryn. Sometimes the relationship between designer and client just does not gel, which is why its really important to get a really good feel for the designer you are going to hire. Working on a job where personalities clash is miserable and because decorating is never a quick process, an unhappy relationship that can drag on for years will be unbearable -- as you are going to see in the upcoming episodes!

Have a great week. Keep watching the show and thanks for all the great feedback.

Jam

9 comments
Kyla Bree 123
Kyla Bree 123

your arrogant. You made a nasty comment about overweight people. U r my least favorite

AE435
AE435

Why is everyone ( and by everyone I mean the cast members of this show and viewers) being so mean to Ross? I think he's an equal partner and you work together. Your relationship is so fun to watch and you're the ONLY two on this show that feel like real people. No offense. I love it! You guys need a spin off for sure.

Viewer78
Viewer78

love the show and ur relationship with ross...is he ur boyfriend?...if so u two make a pretty couple...cheers!

Sally C
Sally C

Bravo Jeff for making the birthday tart dish for Ross. What a nice gift. Ross was very surprised and seemed very happy. Could you please share the tart recipe it looked delicious! I will surprise my husband

Thanks, Sally

Penny L
Penny L

I like the work you and your boyfriend do. The combined diva attitudes. Not so much.

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

The birthday party scene was beautiful, loved watching it and the beautiful people, beautiful decor, and especially your beautiful tart! Great show. You create wonderful spaces.

Mary in San Francisco
Mary in San Francisco

JAM: I had seen your stunning kitchen "gliding fish" on silver wallpaper in "Traditional Home" magazine (in a house on Nob Hill), and immediately tore out the page for my "dream home" file. You have exquisite taste, and I am devouring every episode! I hope people in America who don't usually follow high-end design will watch MDD so we'll get a Season Two (and Three, and Four, etc.). WE ALL NEED A DOSE OF LUXURY LIKE THIS!!! It's my hour of pure indulgence every week. Thanks!

JessB18
JessB18

I loved that you cooked for Ross! It showed how much you cared and he was obviously thrilled. Just shows that people appreciate actions more than goods!

SGee
SGee

That was SUCH a great gift for Ross! I love the dynamic between you two.