6 Austin Chefs Who Started Out as ArtistsBy Megan Giller | December 10, 2013 By Megan Giller | December 10, 2013
Think of it as the opposite of still life. Instead of painting brilliant orange gourds, purplish-red grapes and stagnant glasses of wine frozen in time, chefs get to play with the raw ingredients in 3D, transforming something full of life into a sculpture that will nourish more life: you. These six chefs started out as artists but soon harnessed their creativity a different way. All have their own take on it. For example, Uchi’s Tyson Cole (pictured above) revels in the “different colors of flesh,” while Zack Northcutt of Swift’s Attic says that if they had to be a starving artist, they’d work in a medium where they could feed themselves. Whatever the reason, check out the chefs' artwork below, on canvases ranging from paper to plates.