My friend Edward told me about an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Ivan Orkin, a ramen cook with a fascinating life story. The food aspect of the documentary is great but his story is even better. Nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn becomes most famous ramen chef in Tokyo, Japan by putting a little schmaltz (Yiddish: chicken fat) in his traditional Japanese cookery. Brilliant.
If you stream Netflix give it a go:
Chef’s Table, Season 3, Episode 4: Ivan Orkin
Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.
He’s also got a book out that includes his story and the complete recipe for his shio ramen dish, including his ramen noodles with rye flour.
Ivan Ramen on iBooks
Ivan Ramen on Amazon
Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.
Flickr member Hervé Inisan took this great image of a corner restaurant in Paris with his Sony RX100.
Wonderful lighting and a perfect exposure.
My flickr contact Mr. Inky took this with his Fuji XT-1 in San Francisco. Tough exposure to get right. He’s an excellent photographer and this is a very capable camera.
Flickr member Graham Holliday took this nice atmospheric shot of his sister-in-law’s restaurant, Chez Pham in Toulouse, France with his Ricoh GRD III.
Flickr member diane posted a scene taken above a restaurant terrace in Shanghai, China taken with her Ricoh GRD IV. Her entire photo stream on flickr is worth looking at, very nicely done.
This is a fascinating automated Japanese sushi restaurant, a bit more automated than I experience with the train track delivery twelve years ago when I visited Japan. Wow.
ian mcintosh has posted this high contrast restaurant interior taken with his Sony RX100. Very clean image.