Tom Kitchin, b. 1977. Chef (13 September 2010)
About this artwork
Born in Edinburgh, the aptly named Tom Kitchin studied catering at Perth College before beginning an apprenticeship at Gleneagles Hotel. He continued to gain experience at some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including the three-Michelin star La Tante Claire in London and the Guy Savoy in Paris. When he opened ‘The Kitchin’ in Leith in 2006 he gained a Michelin star within six months, making him the youngest chef to achieve such an accolade. The restaurant has won countless awards, including recently being voted Best UK Restaurant 2011 by Square Meal. This theatrical photograph shows the chef brandishing a shot gun surrounded by dead ducks and rabbits, evoking Kitchin’s “from nature to plate” philosophy.
Murdo MacLeod was raised in Siabost (Shawbost) on the Isle of Lewis. From 1980-3 he studied Photography at Napier College Edinburgh. Since 1985 he has worked as a professional newspaper and magazine photographer, for which he has won UK Press Photographer of the Year. MacLeod’s portrait photographs step into the obscure and surreal, with unusual props and fascinating poses. Yet they are always rooted in reality – never quite going beyond the believable. MacLeod also utilises light in an expert way, often dramatically lighting his subjects, which further enhances the theatrical and slightly bizarre quality of his work.