It is said that if you do what you love, you don’t work a day of your life. Chef Douglas Hernandez, executive pastry chef of Oceana New York, is the prime example of this mantra. When students were given a tour of the restaurant kitchens, Hernandez described the fast paced environment that inhabits the workspace. Being a chef for many years and working at many high-end restaurants has proved to Hernandez that without passion, work is impossible. He talked a great deal about how working in a kitchen pushes people, and tests both their mental and physical strength. If I learned anything from this amazing experience it’s that when you are a chef, you have to love what you do, because it takes so much out of you.
Eisenhower once said, “Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.” At Strong Rope Brewery, giving the people beer is an everyday occurrence, however in April, Award winning chef Louise Leonard came together with the SRB crew to make a collaborative dinner. I had met Louise Leonard at ICC, where she taught a food styling class. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, I got an email from her asking if I could photograph this dinner collaboration. The event included a four course family style meal prepared by Leonard, with beer pairings by SRB. Overall, an amazing event with great eats and good people.