The MasToChef Homme Project Defined and Revealed

Custom LeBron X Zen Yeezy Inspired

“Homme” meaning man in French, and Man being represented by the XY Chromosomes, X representing the LeBron X, Y represening the Air Yeezy, the french term Homme being selected due to Kanye West’s connection with French Luxury Brand Louis Vuitton. See what just happened right there? It gets better! “MasToChef” represents the collaboration of graphic artist (and Creative Director of Ronnie Fieg’s KithNYC, designer of the Asics “Salmon Toe” & “Leatherback” wooden laser etched boxes) Mas and Chef of GourmetKickz. Mas creates the designs in this project and passes them To Chef for creation in the GourmetKickz Kitchen. MasToChef also sounds like MasterChef, no coincidence there either as these dishes are certainly of MasterChef Calibre.

After the jump purchase the first shoe to launch in the series and see images.

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Announcing the “MasToChef Homme Project”

MasToChef Homme Project Zen

As this image eludes, something unprecedented for GourmetKickz is on the horizon: A collaboration between graphic artist Mas and Chef of GourmetKickz will give birth to an entirely new series of custom GourmetKickz, announcing “The MasToChef Homme Project”.

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Custom LeBron X Series by GourmetKickz 13 pair revealed

Custom LeBron X (10) Series by GourmetKickz

On 10.11.12 I announced my intent to update some of my favorite customs from the LeBron 9 series onto the newly launched LeBron X (10). Since the LBJX just hit ID, there could be no better time to do this. The custom pieces I chose to update include some of my all time favorites, best sellers, and a couple of designs that were either scrapped or never executed on the LeBron 9. Above is a snapshot of the first 13 in this series, and among them is a Nerf, as well as my famed “King of the Galaxy”. Some of these will be limited, others will remain open stock catalog items. Order now and receive your custom within 3 months. The cost of the NikeID shoe is included in the total list price here on AF1King, so I will handle all ordering from NikeID. Remember ID takes 4 weeks, so part of that 3 month wait is due to Nike’s build time. Enjoy!

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Custom Red Suede “Raging Rookie” Zoom Rookie by GourmetKickz Revealed

Custom Red Suede Raging Rookie by GourmetKickz

This piece is called the “Raging Rookie” for obvious reasons: it pulls inspiration from the Air Jordan 5 Red Suede “Raging Bulls”. The entire upper is “skinned”  by way of a unique “VT-Like” process  characteristic of many GourmetKickz foamposite customs. The  red suede used is very similar in nap and color to the original AJ5 that inspired this custom creation. The sidewall pods and tongue are painted with 3M reflective paint and without flash are matte platinum silver in color.  After the jump you can purchase a pair. If you already own a Zoom Rookie you can send in a pair for the “Raging Rookie” treatment and pay for just the artwork by clicking here >>>


Custom “MVP-Alike” LeBron 9 by GourmetKickz Revealed

Custom LeBron 9 MVP-Alike by GourmetKickz

Since Nike released the MVP Package in very limited quantities I had gotten a few special requests from clients to create something similar. What you see is the result of my sneaker cooking skills and working with the right base shoe. I selected the “Scarface” LeBron 9 as a base and went to work in my GourmetKickz Kitchen to create this “MVP-Alike”. The tongue mesh, midsole, flywire mesh, and inboard sidewalls received the most attention for this makeover. The outboard swoosh received some paint but its trim was left red for accenting. The inboard swoosh was left red to showcase how closely the red I mixed matched the original red on the base.  The result is a shoe that may not be identical to the original MVP LBJ 9 but will sure cause plenty of double takes and draw loads of attention. This custom piece is available after the jump and will include the base “Scarface”. Or you can send in your LBJ 9 “Scarface” to have this work done by clicking here (select MVP-Alike from the options) >>


Custom “Halloween 2” aka “Un-Halloween” Nike Zoom Rookie Revealed

Custom Un-Halloween Zoom Rookie

Those who have been following the progression of the Nike Zoom Rookie LWP recall that it entered the scene with a couple of great colorways. Two very memorable colors were themed for Halloween; the HOH Exclusive Black / Max-Orange release and the Luminous Pearl colorway. The above takes elements of both of those kicks and combines them in a very unique way. The base all black rookie is transforme in the following manner; the sidewall pods are painted pumpkin with creme colored glow in the dark craters while the sole, mesh and accents also glow. The result is a mean, clean, kickass custom for Halloween! Check out more images and place an order after the jump. Prices include the Black Zoom Rookie, check the “Send in Your Rookie” listing to pay for just the artwork. Orders placed before 10/10/12 are nuked in the GourmetKickz Kitchen for shipment in time for Halloween!

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Custom Halloween Themed “Rook O’Lantern” Zoom Rookie by GourmetKickz

Custom Rook O'Lantern by GourmetKickz

Fall is upon us and so with the month of October comes pop-up costume shops, Halloween decorations, blow up lawn goblins, and loads of other spooky delights. In the spirit of the season I decided to cook up a dish of the pumpkin variety, in two distinct versions as shown above. The first is a very clean Pumpkin / Black – Creme colorway. A black Zoom Rookie is used as the base, the foamposite portions painted a robust pumpkin color, and sidewall pods are painted creme and treated further to glow in the dark. The second version features a Jack O’Lantern-like upgrade to the frontal area of the shoe. A creme colored angry pumpkin mouth is painted on the front and made to glow in the dark. The result is a very ominous dish indeed! See more images after the jump  and purchase your pair before the 10th to receive in time for Halloween.

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Custom “Think Pink” Nike Zoom Rookie Released by GourmetKickz

Custom Think Pink Nike Zoom Rookie

I conquered cancer over 20 years ago, and everywhere I turn I either see people battling the disease, suffering the loss of a loved one to the disease, or helping someone with the disease. Breast Cancer remains one of the leading diagnosis of cancer among women.  As a man and a cancer survivor it is mandatory that I support awareness of this disease. The artwork is simple, a shoe painted pink, the sidewall spheres are treated to reflect light, the light representing the light of hope. Let us shine a light on Breast Cancer research and support the search for a cure. I don’t care if you share this post, take the picture, instagram it, retweet it, make a facebook photo, or buy the shoe. Just do something to raise awareness. If you decide to purchase the shoe, $100 of the fee is donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation via See more pictures and purchase a pair after the jump.

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Custom “Luminous Galaxy” Foamposite One by GourmetKickz

Custom Luminous Galaxy Foamposite One by GourmetKickz

As a follow up the my previously released “Foampollo One” this customized Royal Blue Foamposite One utilizes an almost over-used galaxy theme. With the upcoming release of the Galaxy Zoom Rookie I don’t see the galaxy theme going anywhere anytime soon, so why not “kick it up a notch” in true Chef fashion? So what more can be done to a galaxy foamposite that has not been done before? Well make the whole thing glow of course! The entire upper of this custom masterpiece glows, as opposed to the soles which many artists have illuminated in various ways. The glow in the dark treatment adds great depth to the galaxy print, shining brighter in areas where corresponding brighter colors appear on the print, and showing up cloudier where darker hues prevail. The stars are accented to glow the brightest making the night view of this shoe mimic a stellar scenery indeed. You can purchase a pair after the jump and earn yourself a 1 on 1 consultation with Chef to discuss exactly what galaxy or nebula print you wish to use. With a huge repository of galaxy and nebula images at his disposal Chef is sure to keep each and every order a 1 of 1.

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Custom “Foampollo One” Glowing Foamposite by GourmetKickz

Custom Foampollo One Moon Themed Foamposite by GourmetKickz

With my love of the sea and being drawn to the coast this summer it is very difficult to ignore the tides and of course the moon which controls them. This shoe is an homage to the mystical moon which can be held responsible for all things mystic and physic. The moon’s surface is represented with a pattern applied using my a VT-like process I pioneered. The “skin” is very durable and can withstand daily wear. The shoe is then made to glow on the outboard side and reflect light on the inboard side. These contrasts bring the surface of the moon print to life and truly embody the theme. Watch as the cratered surface comes to life once darkness falls, revealing every nuance and detail. Then when flashed by the sun or artificial light, the surface reflects with great vibrancy. Check out more images after the jump or look at the high resolution image gallery. You can also purchase after the jump or in the AF1King Shop.

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