Although it’s commonplace for us to snap a photo of a pretty salad or impressive latte art, Japanese chef
Kobayashi began keeping these diaries in his teens and continued the practice into his 20s as he transitioned from his youth to a chef at a soba restaurant. At that point, he was illustrating the meals he was preparing at work as well as what he was enjoying at other locales.
The drawings and paintings of food have proved to be a vital creative outlet for Kobayashi as he has gotten older. At the age of 46, he was diagnosed with alcoholic neuropathy, and it has diminished his mobility and made it difficult for him to walk. He now spends most of his time at home and keeps up his artwork by ordering takeout and creating illustrations based on those meals as well as memories from his past.
Kobayashi has gained worldwide acclaim for his mouthwatering work. It started in 2014 when Nobumasa Kushino of the
For the past 32 years, chef and artist Itsuo Kobayashi has documented delicious meals he’s eaten in notebooks full of food illustrations.
Food art has proven to be a vital creative outlet for Kobayashi as he has gotten older. At the age of 46, he was diagnosed with alcoholic neuropathy and now has limited mobility. He spends most of his time at home.
Kobayashi’s work continues to evolve. Now, he’s working on pop-up illustrations:
All images via Kushino Terrace.