Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville

Here’s another restaurant/food story … (With much thanks to Chef/Owners Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and La Peche, Anoosh Shariat and Paula Barmore of anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh and Louvino’s owner Chad Coulter for allowing me into their kitchens and dining rooms for photos.)

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly's Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly’s Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter.

On the stands today: “Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville,” a LEO Weekly feature by Susan Riegler about how the locally-owned restaurants we enjoy in Louisville are dealing with hiring new staff.

For some restaurants, it has led to signing bonuses. (Go read the story for more about that.) For me, it was about blur, yet with something in focus.

For this assignment, I spent time shooting during breakfast at Noosh Nosh and anoosh Bistro, during lunch and dinner in Lilly’s kitchen and then during dinner at Louvino. Probably more time than I needed to at Lilly’s, but I was directed to “shoot something artsy” by Keith Stone, managing editor at the LEO, for their square cover. So I was there dragging the shutter and panning the motion of server Rosalie Guthrie as she expedited food, walking backward in front of her to the dining room. Generally, getting in her way. I tried rear curtain synch on Allen Grimm, Chef de Cuisine, while he prepared dishes. Blur, baby, blur! Lilly’s Chef/Owner Kathy Cary walked past the camera, rendered as a ghost passing the in-focus staff in the background.

After all that, they choose a great portrait of Cary for the cover, standing still and looking at the camera.

Here’s a gallery of more images from the assignment: