Fifty Chefs – The Hands that Feed London, showcased an exhibition of images from photographer/artist Katie Wilson, at the Londonnewcastle Project Space on Redchurch St, Shoreditch for the month of April 2015.
This exhibition was the culmination of a ten-year photographic project telling the stories of the people who worked in London’s favourite kitchens. From kebab shops and greasy spoons to the city’s most rarefied restaurants, and all the everyday eateries in-between, Katie captured the intriguing faces and battle-worn hands of fifty diverse and dedicated chefs. Rose Gray, Ollie Dabbous, Mark Hix and Fergus Henderson sat side-by-side with the Pellicci family of legendary Bethnal Green caf, Pellicci’s and Sevket Boyraz of infamous Chalk Farm kebab shop, Marathon Kebabs.
Shot in a raw documentary style, each subject was photographed on location, before briefings, or as they woke from sleep snatched between services. This was a look at the hard graft that went on in the restaurant engine room; the blood, sweat and tears that go into making the serene and sometimes glamorous dining experience we’ve come to expect.
Proceeds from the sale of prints at the exhibition were donated to London-based food charity, FareShare.
Fifty Chefs – The Hands that Feed London
Londonewcastle Arts Programme – Shoreditch, London April 02 2015