Between July 2011 and December 2012, I photographed 19 chefs and restaurant owners and wrote profiles about them for KC Originals. During that period, I also photographed numerous dishes with accompanying recipes for the web site.
The brief profiles explore the subject’s culinary background, training, influences, and philosophy. The purpose is to inform diners about chefs and local owners at these independent restaurants in the greater Kansas City area. The recipes and profiles assist diners when scouting out local places to eat or dishes to try.
What I loved about these assignments was meeting professionals in the restaurant industry and supporting Kansas City’s local businesses and culinary scene.
Pictured above: Chef Charles d’Ablaing, Chaz on the Plaza.
Louisiana Crawfish Salad
by Chef Julio Juarez, Starker’s Restaurant
Buttermilk Poached Campo Lindo Chicken Breast and Spring Fiddlehead Ferns
by Chef Debbie Gold, The American
Fried Paella with Mixed Greens and Creme Fraiche
by Chef English Renshaw, La Bodega
BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos
by Kokopelli Mexican Cantina
Champagne Fish and Chips
by Chef Vito Tovar, The Phoenix
Sweet Potato and Leek Soup Recipe
by Chef Charles D’Ablaing, Chaz on the Plaza
Ancho Chili Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Grand Marnier Butter
by Executive Chef Patrick Williams, Pierpont’s at Union Station
Mussels and Pernod Cream
by Chef Robert Padilla, Trezo Mare
Ahi Tuna on Bruschetta
by Chef Amy Presson from Marina Grog & Galley
by Chef Victor Cascone of Cascone’s
Shrimp in Mustard Sauce Appetizer
by Chef DeDe Shields, Shields Manor Bistro
by Anthony Spino, Anthony’s Restaurant and Lounge