Chef to Be – Calgary
Case Study

Chef to Be - Calgary

One of Canada’s top creative agencies, talonX wanted to do a variety of things when it expanded operations to a new office.

Cristaux jumped into the project, which started with striking, contemporary signage. talonX had also partnered with the black-box cooking competition Chef to Be, and a custom award was needed. Working with this client to meet such different needs was a fun, engaging process. The signage was ultra-sleek, and the awards we created looked even more amazing.

Design Method: Virtual Mockups, Art Proofs, & CAD Renderings

Material Used: Optical Crystal & Starfire Glass

Surface Finish: PMS Color Fill

Process & Personalization: UV Digital Print & Sand Etch

Custom Packaging: Black Presentation Box


Crystal + Glass


Event Awards


The Challenge

We were challenged to try to find a way to recreate an award around the logo, but it wasn’t just any logo. This particular company brand happened to showcase two knives, crossing. We set out to design an award that achieved the desired effect without turning towards the dark side.


The Solution

We used the Chef to Be logo as inspiration. The result was crafted through a waterjet process that showcased the two criss crossing chef knives using black and clear crystal. We mounted these knives on top of a base where we etched and used colorfill to display their logo and recipient information.

While it is common for awards in the restaurant and hospitality industry to take the shape of medallions and plaques, this particular award was unlike no other. What we ended up with was a very unique, company branded award that can never be duplicated.

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