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On the Road
Cook's Close Up
Simple portraits of American cooks doing what they love best. Are you ready for your close-up?
Cook's Country

America's cooks have powerful voices. In addition to inspiring us with their kitchen wisdom, they help us explore culture and our shared humanity.

Cook's Country's editors and photographers travel the nation to bring you the stories of American cooks in our On the Road series. These "Cook's Close-Up" portraits are outtakes from that series and show another side of the people who help feed our country. A new portrait will be added with each new issue.

Soto Guadelupe holding bushel of chili peppers
Soto Guadelipe, Three Brothers Chile, Hatch, New Mexico. Featured in October/November 2021 issue.
Bryant Valdez rolling dough
Bryant Valdez, Baker, La Segunda Central Bakery, Ybor City, Florida. Featured in August/September 2021 issue.
portrait of William Chaney sitting behind line up of barbecue sauces
William Chaney, Pit builder, photographed at the Tenderloin Grill, Kansas City, Missouri. Featured in June/July 2021 issue.
Alexander Bodnar
Alexander Bodnar, Józsa Corner restaurant, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Featured in April/May 2021 issue.