Photo Show: Philly Chefs in Motion


*Photo: Andy Benson

Is this how your sausage gets made? Yes! It’s also just one of many amazing behind-the-culinary-scenes photographs taken by Andy Benson.

Benson talked his way into 10 of Philly’s top kitchens, where he trained his lens on the likes of David Ansill (who is expertly butchering the porker in the shot above) of Ansill Food & Wine, Michael Solomonov of Zahav and Gene Giuffi of Cochon to name a just a few, while they worked. The results, a refreshing departure from the usual food porn photography, capture the intensity, fire and frenzy of a professional kitchen – and the laser-like focus of the chefs at the center of it all.

Benson is having an opening for his photography show, SEAR: Philadelphia Chefs in Motion on Friday March 6th at Foster’s in Old City. David Ansill will be cooking up nibbles in the open kitchen for the first hour and a half.

$25 gets you in to Ansill’s culinary demo and show and ALL of the ticket proceeds go to one of my favorite charities, Philabundance. You can buy tickets through the Chefs of Philly website.

After the jump, preview some of Benson’s work, including photos of Jim Burke of James, Michael O’Halloran of Bistro 7 and Jessica O’Donnell of Good Dog


Above: Jim Burke of James.


Above: Michael O’Halloran of Bistro 7


Above: Behind the line at the Good Dog.