When he isn’t modeling for menswear clients like Bespoken or Open Lab magazine, Traore is working as a personal chef, whipping up chic meals for private events and honing his culinary craft. With a career that has had him preparing dishes at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants and running his own personal supper club, Traore is becoming a presence in the world of high cuisine.
—Janelle Okwodu, Style.com
Model by Day, Chef by Night
Assistant Food EditorAll photos courtesy of Rōze Traore
For eight hours every night, Rōze Traore is a line cook at the Mark—a NYC restaurant owned by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—and is surrounded by decadent French culinary staples like foie gras, black truffles, and Gruyère cheese.
VICE: How did you get into cooking?
Rōze Traore: I got into cooking because everyone in my family loved to cook but nobody knew the basics, like, “Why does this happen when you mix this ingredient with that?” So I decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and attended for three years to get the whole culinary background started.
Thanks for talking to me, Rōze.