The Art of War

Editorial illustrations for a piece about hospo culture. Written by chef Mark Best, edited by Besha Roddell for A+ Insights Magazine.

“One such stroke and lapse in concentration took my protruding thumb knuckle with it.”

“Talking to my peers (the male ones, at least) on this subject, it’s interesting how much romantic attachment they have to their own war stories.”

“If you had time you would close your eyes for 10 minutes, then drag yourself back to consciousness at the sound of scraping plates and dragging chairs.”

Most of them had started in their teens, and by their early twenties – those who lasted – were hardened professionals. By 30 they were burnt out.