Yes, I'm going through some backlogs of favorite restaurants I've shot for Modern Luxury Magazine. So much of this work gets printed, but doesn't make it to the blog because I can't show any of the photos until the issue comes out. Often by the time the issue is out I'm far ahead and working on something else.
This is Luigi Iannuario at Nicola Ristorante and his fabulous Italian dishes. Shooting food and the chefs feels like a much more in depth portrait of an artist. A traditional artists work is often flat and hanging on a wall. I have to work around its environment. But the artistic work of a chef is portable. I can move it around, shoot it from any angle, take a piece of it and put it somewhere else, add to it and take some of it away and it is still the same. It can be destroyed. It can be recreated.
I get a great feeling when I work with a chef and his food. Chefs are real people doing great things every day that feed us in literal and metaphorical ways, if they do it right.