A Restaurant...Backstage...In 40 shots by Michael Harlan Turkell

Before you get that finely tuned plate in front of you at your favorite restaurant, a lot of blood, sweat and tears happens as documented (40 photos taken in New York at Public) in Behind the Swinging Doors by photographer Michael Harlan Turkell on Chow.

I should know since I spent 17 years in the field, the sound and the fury, the heat and a swinging door that sometimes swings back at you and changes you into a marinara sauce display (it happened to me once).

Well many restaurants with open kitchens do not have swinging doors. It makes for a lively but sometimes noisy background for diners and everyone can hear that completely modified order you just gave that documents all your allergies or food phobias.


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