When I applied for the FUJIFILM Students of Storytelling competition, I entered with a small description of the visual story I wanted to tell – one that encapsulated culture through food. I knew that telling the story of a culture is difficult, but when telling that story through cooking and eating, it becomes easier and more meaningful.
I decided to highlight two chefs who were cooking the cuisine of their culture, because the food would have history and memory connected to it. In order to find these chefs, I needed to do some research. Lots of Googling, emailing, and researching occurred until I had my first response from a local blogger.
The restaurant was Made in Italy, in Westlake Village, and the chef's name is Antonio Sessa and he is fantastic; an import from Italy. The second chef, Sammy Monsour, was found after going through website after website of LA restaurants until I found his bio on the Preux & Proper website. I loved his passion and uniqueness and reached out to him.