What was the inspiration for this film?
So much of how we see restaurant kitchens is through reality TV, where it's all quick fire competitions and mystery basket docusoaps. You don't see the struggle of people trying to save their homes or barely making a living. I wanted to show the real stories that can unfold when you walk into a restaurant, where sometimes a taco is just a taco. And actually, SAVEUR was also a shaping factor. I've read every issue since #8—I instantly loved the culture of personalities, the emotional connection to food, and the snapshots of history. In 2008, I was sitting around deciding what restaurant stories I wanted to produce next when the breakfast issue came out. It opens on two farmers sitting at their breakfast table saying grace, just a quiet mediation on food, followed by a waiter with a breakfast tray, then a men's group in Germany; an amalgam of snapshots around the world but unified by the idea of breakfast, and it suddenly made the whole world collapse into one space that felt familiar and related. I got the idea of taking my Spinning Plates subjects and ultimately crashing them into each other in the same way the photo essay does in that issue.