Michael Harlan Turkell, a once aspiring chef, now photographer, for years, has captured the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning “BACK OF THE HOUSE” project, which documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world. As former photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, his recurring BACK OF THE HOUSE series appeared in the magazines from 2006 – 2011. Michael’s been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling, included in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers V2, (PowerHouse Books), received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award, and has had his photos printed in an array of publications, and cookbooks.
He has photographed the The New Brooklyn Cookbook, Clinton Street Baking Company, “Simple Food, Big Flavor” with Chef Aarón Sanchez, “Beginnings” by Chris Cosentino, Anarchy in a Jar’s Jam On, Joanne Chang's Flour Flour Too, Brooklyn Farmacy’s “The Soda Fountain”, The Meat Hook Meat Book, The New England Kitchen with Chef Jeremy Sewell, Marco Canora’s “A Good Food Day” and “Brodo”, Sara and Nancy Harmon Jenkins "The Four Seasons of Pasta", Lukas Volger's "Bowl", and Chris Cosentino’s "Offal Good", which he also co-authored. He recently wrote and photographed first cookbook, “ACID TRIP: Travels in the World of Vinegar”.
He also hosts a show on HeritageRadioNetwork.org called THE FOOD SEEN, which he brings together guests working at the intersections of food, art & design, which has twice been a finalist for a Stitcher Award (2012, 2013), and started the Japanese-inspired event series SUMO STEW, which live streams sumo matches from the grand tournaments Japan while serving bowls of a chankonabe (the sumo stew). He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wine writing wife, and a cat, better known as #masontoday on Instagram.