Fifty Chefs: The Hands that Feed London

30 March 2015

On 3rd April a fantastic new exhibition will open in Shoreditch showcasing the scars, burns and stories of the hands that feed London.

The exhibition is the culmination of a 10 year project by photographer Katie Wilson to tell the amazing tales of the people who work in London’s favourite kitchens.  Shot in a raw documentary style, she has taken black-and-white photographs of fifty chefs and their hands – travelling from Michelin starred restaurants (Yotam Ottelenghi and Michel Roux Jr make an appearance) to kebab shops and greasy spoons, and all the everyday eateries in-between, Katie has captured the intriguing faces and battle-worn hands of fifty diverse and dedicated chefs.

Angela Hartnett

Angela Hartnett, former protegee of Gordon Ramsay, who now runs Michelin-starred Murano

“I was fascinated by the scars worn with pride on the hands of the chefs I met,” says Katie. “I began to wonder, who are the people who cook for London?” she says. “Not only the famous faces, but the sous chefs and kitchen hands; the dishwashers and potato peelers.”

Katie is generously donating all the profits from her amazing exhibition to FareShare. It will be running from 3-11 April at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch – read more about it on the Fifty Chefs website and if you’re in the area, pop by!



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