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Michael Harlan Turkell captures the inner workings of kitchens and documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world. On The Food Seen, he'll further explore the amalgamation of food and art by talking to artists from a multitude of media. Guest will range from photographers, food stylists, interior architects for restaurants, industrial designers -- all the players that make you want to eat with your eyes. Get ready to feast your ears!
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Michael Harlan Turkell, a once aspiring chef and now freelance photographer, captures the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning “BACK OF THE HOUSE” project, which documents the lives of chefs in the restaurant world. As former photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, his recurring BACK OF THE HOUSE series appeared in the magazines from 2006 to 2011. Michael was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling and was featured in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers V2 (PowerHouse Books). He received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award and his photos have been printed in an array of publications and cookbooks.
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On today’s hour-long special edition of The Food Seen, we treat our time with Tom Colicchio (rhymes with “Radicchio“), not as an interview, but more so, as an apprenticeship to learn from his summers cooking in 1000-person weekend “churn and burn” establishments, to haute dining in Manhattan. He’s built an empire around the idea of culinary Craft. How does this Top Chef define success? How does he stay relevant? Two 3 star reviews by the NYTimes, 10 years apart, both cite the complex simplicity that he makes looks easy. Still, Tom believes, “you’re only as good as your last dish”. Even more important than feeding his diners, Tom now sets his sights on eliminating hunger in this country. The film, A Place At The Table, produced by Colicchio and co-directed by his wife Lori Silverbush, seeks to foster the “food insecure” past the subsidies that have made calories cheap and nutrition expensive. Get hungry to end hunger! This program was sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.
"I don't have anybody I would consider a mentor because I never stayed in one place long enough." [24:25]
"When you're cooking for 30 years - you start wondering whether you're still relevant and how to maintain relevancy. You don't want to go out." [42:15]
"50 million Americans are struggling to put food on the table - they don't know where the next meal is coming from." [55:15]
"I believe that most chefs believe that food is a right we should have like air and water." [61:02]
"We have to make hunger a voting issue. If our politicians are not going to help solve this problem - I think they need to be labeled as 'pro hunger'" [62:50]
--Tom Colicchio on The Food Seen…read more