Chefs’ Hands
by Joakim Blockström


12th November

Introducing a very special one-off exhibition from food photographer, Joakim Blockstrom, in collaboration with Andrew Clarke’s Pilot Light campaign.

"Most chefs go through a rocky road before achieving success. And even then, a professional kitchen is an extremely tough environment, both physically and mentally; and while famous chefs’ faces may appear on magazine covers, their hands often reveal a less glamorous story. I have been working on a series of photographs in which I take a close look at the hands of chefs, and shine a light on how real, beautiful, scarred, vulnerable and strong they are. Each image will hopefully reveal a part of their personality, and engage visually in the conversation around the strain on mental health in the restaurant world." – Joakim Blockström.


Each photograph featured in the exhibition will be accompanied by a quote from the chef who's pictured, completing the sentence that sparked the initial idea for the project: “If these hands could speak, the stories they would tell…”. Among the chefs involved with the project are Ollie Dabbous (Hide), Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), Nieves Barragan (Sabor), Philip Howard (Elystan Street), Ravinder Bhogal (Jikoni), Ollie Templeton (Carousel) and the legendary Pierre Koffmann. A number of restaurants have contributed tables and experiences (a day in the kitchen with Ollie Dabbous followed by tea for two at Hide restaurant, for example), which will be auctioned off on the night to raise money for the Pilot Light campaign.

Your ticket includes drinks and canapés throughout the evening and the chance to rub shoulders with some of the most respected chefs plying their trade in London today. Prints of the photographs will also be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the charity.


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