Food photographer Joakim Blockstrom exhibited Chefs’ Hands earlier this month to fund raise for the Pilot Light campaign – he has so far raised over £6,000.

The auction took place at Carousel Next Door in London’s Marylebone and Joakim auctioned off his photographs of the hands of chefs including Pierre Koffman, Phil Howard, Ollie Dabbous and Ravinder Bhogal.

The project is described by Joakim as a ‘series of photographs in which I take a close look at the hands of chefs, and shine a light on how real, beautiful, scarred, vulnerable and strong they are’.

He said: “Each image will hopefully reveal a part of their personality, and engage visually in the conversation around the strain on mental health in the restaurant world.”

The Chefs’ Hands project began when Joakim and his girlfriend were sat in Adam Simmonds’ Test Kitchen and she commented on his hands.

He explained: “One thing I remember is that she held his hands up and said ‘if these hands could speak the stories they would tell’. So, we decided that it was a great idea for a project about chefs’ struggles.

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