Before I launched the blog, there were a few friends I confided in for moral support and content advice. Ed Baynard was one of them. Ed started his career in the fashion industry but when he turned his attention to painting, he quickly became one of the hottest artists in New York. Over the last 35 years Ed’s work has become part of the permanent collections of the Met, the Whitney, MoMA, and Tate Modern in London, among other incredible institutions worldwide.
My friend, Lisa, introduced us over dinner at Ed’s then favorite Asian restaurant in Chelsea several years ago. From that meal forward, Ed and I have bonded over our love of food, photography, our favorite haunts in Hell’s Kitchen (where Ed lives and I used to work), and ceramics of any kind. One place in Hell’s Kitchen we both love is Sullivan St Bakery on West 47th Street. Ed has breakfast there most mornings so we thought it would be fun to share some of Ed’s fabulous photos of the breads, pastries and Roman-style pizzas he saw the other morning while getting his daily bread and very strong cup of coffee.