Category: What’s Up With Battman

Battman, Bachour, the Bowery, and Baoburg

I spent two weeks in Cancun working with Antonio Bachour on a new book in partnership with Palace Resorts. It was such a culture shock watching the Mexican workers. They are extremely hard working, very fast and seemingly always smiling – all for $4.00 a day. They couldn’t believe that my rent is $160.00 a day. The commissary was constantly being cleaned and a lot of hand work.

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Annual Meeting of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France

Last week was the annual meeting for the Master Chefs of France USA/Canada Chapter, the organization of chefs who I published a cookbook with last year. It was being held in New York City, so they asked me to come and take photographs. It was a three day event, and on the first night (Sunday) there was a reception at the International Culinary Center. There were no formalities, just an evening of food, drink and meeting each other and the sponsors. I got to see all the Chefs that I worked with on the book as well as the new members of the organization.

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Visiting Staten Island for a Good Cause

My mission for the day was to deliver the check for a $5,000 donation to the Burn Center at Staten Island University Hospital from the sale of the NYC Firefighters Calendar. So I took the ferry to Staten Island, and then a train to get to the hospital. I’ve been making the calendar for 24 years, and so far have raised nearly $750,000 for the Burn Center and also the Fire Safety Education Fund.

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Self-Publishing in the Kitchen: A Success Story

“I’m not a foodie,” insists Alan Batt, or Battman, as he is known in culinary circles. However, anyone looking at his oeuvre of food photography might be surprised that he counts a Quarter Pounder with cheese and fries as one of his favorite meals. Batt, who began taking photographs professionally in 1981, boasts a varied career, with stints at his father’s sweater manufacturing company in Brooklyn and as a toy salesman in California.

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