Chef Wes Johnson, Photograph by Jonathan Gayman

Wes Johnson for Feast Magazine

Last month right before the print deadline, I squeezed in a quick shoot with Chef Wes Johnson for Feast Magazine. I met Wes at his downtown loft for an impromptu portrait session right before he was scheduled to head off on a “barbecue road trip.” I kinda wish I would have had the opportunity to tag along for that one!

Wes is the chef and owner of Salt in the Central West End, which was in the running for the 2012 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. In case you haven’t been, Salt resides in a repurposed funeral home, which is a beautiful space. I have only been there for brunch, but I loved it and hope to get over there for dinner sometime soon. Wes is a fun an easy going guy with a lot of irons in the fire, and it was great that I was able to spend some time with him (and his cats).

The above images are some outtakes from the shoot with a more dark and desaturated treatment, as well as the tearsheet with the more colorful image that ran in the magazine – I like both!

Tearsheet from Feast Magazine, April 2012

Tearsheet from Feast Magazine, April 2012

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