Jo and Cozy from SALT&SILVER | Chefs, Travelers and Surfers

Could you please introduce yourselves? 

Johannes „Jo“ Riffelmacher, 30, born in Eichstätt/Bavaria, former Art Director living

in Hamburg for about 7 years.

Thomas „Cozy“ Kosikowski, 27, born in Nürnberg/Bavaria, former Photographer and

Director of Photography, living in Hamburg for about 5 years.

JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen. JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen. JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen.

jeckybeng_interview_salt_and_silver_13 JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen. JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen. JECKYBENG – an urban outdoor brand from bavaria for quality goods to venture out. He works with a team of sustainability geeks, Journalists, Textile engineers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers and storytellers. What they all have in common is the love of being in nature. We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the knives and pots you use in the kitchen.How did you guys came up with the idea of Saltn’ Silver?

We wanted to go on a big trip for a year. For both of us the time at that moment was

perfect for it – Jo quit his job, Cozy finished his studies. So went to latin america for a

year to travel, surf and learn things about real latin american food. We always loved

cooking and a surf & travel cooking book seemed to be the perfect fusion from all our

passions. We needed a name for the project that could fit to other projects in the future

as well so we named it Salt & Silver. Salt for the salty water in the ocean, the salt you

use in the kitchen – Silver for the surface of the ocean when the sun shines or the

knives and pots you use in the kitchen.

 

Is there any favorite spot/country and why?

Mexico: Epic waves, amazing food, the most friendly people on this planet.

Galapagos: if you dive or surf – this spot will blow your mind!

 

What makes you happy?

Surf – travel – cook

 

What project(s) are you currently working on?

We are about to publish our second cookbook (Tacos Tequila Tattoos). As well we

produced a high end Mezcal with friends from Mexico and will sell it all over

Germany (selling starts end of july). We are planning to open up a restaurant and the

third book is in the pipeline as well.

 

What do you do for a living?

Books, content production for big brands (Lufthansa, Rewe, Saturn), Catering,

Showcooking, Events.

 

What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

That we actually work a lot

 

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Same shit different day.

 

Tell us something about your home, Hamburg.

We love that city because we have an amazing group of friends, everybody supports

each other. No greed, just support. We have some cool bars and clubs (we go to berlin

if we want to have a proper session though). Weather is „okay“ but we have a lot of

cool corners all over the city to do something. Although there are almost 2 million

people, everything is pretty close cause most of things are located in just 3 quarters

around St. Pauli. Hamburg feels like a village. Come and visit us!

 

How does a typical day in the life of Cozy and Jo look like?

There is no typical day but food is a different part of everyday for sure

What springs to mind for the following keywords?

 

– Social Media

It´s like buying tomatoes: You have to seperate the good ones from the shitty ones.

– Music

Girl you know it´s true – oh, oh, oh, i love you!

– Role Model

Homer Simpson

– Flow

We don´t rap anymore but our flow was pretty dope!

– Inspiration

Trying not to be Justin Bieber, that´s all.

– Adventure

Is not defined by location or action, it´s how you experience even the simplest things. Most

of the people are just looking for sensations and can´t celebrate the easy things anymore.

 

Find out more about Cozy and Jo on their webpage SALT&SILVER

Three Minutes in Ecuador from Salt&Silver on Vimeo.