Today we are happy to present our 2nd profile in our weekly Photo Book series, Mick Guzman. If you missed our last profile, make sure to check out Nate Larson’s profile here.
With a passion for both cooking and photography we loved how Mick captured an exciting culinary journey with his Photo Book Hidden Star.
Where are you from?
Mick– While I was born and raised in Illinois, my family hails from New Orleans, LA and food is an important part of our culture and how our family comes together. I have fond memories of the Southern Creole and Cajun cooking done by my mother and grandmother, so I naturally gravitated towards a career in the food industry. I attended the French Culinary Institute in New York where I completed multiple certifications in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, and Fundamentals of Wine.
Where are some of the places you have worked at?
Mick– I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had the honor of working and learning in some of the best kitchens in the United States, and under two of the best and highly regarded chefs in the industry – Thomas Keller at his restaurant Per Se in New York, and Grant Achatz at his restaurant Alinea in Chicago. I’m blessed to have been a part of the opening for both restaurants at a time when each of them attained their 4-star ratings. In addition to cooking I have also held restaurant manager positions at a boutique hotel restaurant in New York, as well as a high volume casual restaurant concept in Chicago, and have planned and catered numerous private parties and events.
What keeps you busy these days?
Mick – These days I continue to live out my passion for good food and wine through Hidden Star, an underground “pop-up” restaurant concept in Chicago. The overall aim of Hidden Star is to provide our guests with an unforgettable dining experience…made up of equal parts culinary discovery, good fun, good food, and forging new friendships. For me food is personal, but it’s also communal. It’s one of very few things that everyone on the planet can relate to on some emotional level. I cook from the heart and strive to take my guests on a culinary journey that I hope warms their hearts and souls as much as their bellies. To capture the spirit of my events I put together this Moleskine + Milk Photo Book, a concept I fell in love with being both an avid photographer and a cook (since like most cooks I know, I have a trove of Moleskine notebooks containing recipes and notes). As I continue to delight guests with Hidden Star events I plan to continue to build on my collection of Moleskine + Milk photo books to commemorate them as well. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoyed making them.
If you liked Mick’s book, you can see what is currently up to at his website: http://hiddenstarcuisine.blogspot.com/
Which is your favorite photo from Mick’s book?