Cooking can be both an intimate and communal experience

With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Jan O’Hearn is no amateur when it comes to knowing good food. After spending a year and a half in the Middle East, Jan became fascinated with Syrian culture—and food. Using a Canon Rebel T6i and her keen eye for detail, Jan takes close-up shots of the delicious meals made in Newcomer Kitchen (a kitchen space in Toronto offered to government-sponsored Syrian refugees) that she then uploads to Facebook. Sometimes the lovely smell emanating from the depanneur isn’t always enough to draw in customers and other like-minded women, which is why food photography is very important in this project. The communal cooking experience has much more meaning than what meets the eye. Watch the video to learn more about Jan and Newcomer Kitchen!

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