Less than six months ago marked the end of an era in Philadelphia history. The iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin closed its doors after 41 years as a mecca of fine French dining in our city and beyond. Philadelphia Magazine may have predicted it way back in 2009 when they ran the profile on Georges Perrier: Last Days of the French Chef. As part of that profile Chris made a few portraits of the Philly legend, famous for both his cooking and his temper.
Although it has certainly changed over the course of four decades, fine dining has not perished – and neither has Le Bec-Fin. Earlier this month after a remodeling and retooling of the kitchen, menus, and dining room, the culinary icon has reopened with a new chef at the helm. Will the new Le Bec-Fin live up to it’s former legacy and the golden days of fine dining? Only time will well. Will we be back to make portraits of the new chef? We certainly hope so.