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Battman’s Photography Tour 2018

Battman’s Photography Tour 2018

It’s been 4 months since the Great Gathering of Chefs. It’s hard to believe it was that long ago, and I should have been halfway finished with the book for next year's Great Gathering and also for the new Toques in Black book. There are a total of 275 chefs that I...

Making of the Street Eats Cookbook

Making of the Street Eats Cookbook

My book, Street Eats, was probably the most interesting book that I’ve produced for the Great Gathering of Chefs.  Almost 200 chefs doing their take on street food, so what better place to take the photos than in the street?  The photo of me lying in the street was...

Annual Meeting of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France

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.

Visiting Staten Island for a Good Cause

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.

Self-Publishing in the Kitchen: A Success Story

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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