Tower of David | Chefs, Paper, Scissors

Efrat Hasson de Botton

An exhibition of portraits on paper of Jerusalem’s prominent culinary figures

During the European Renaissance, anyone who was anyone had their portraits painted by artists such as Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. In contemporary Israel, you know you have made it when you get your portrait done on a piece of paper by Efrat (Hasson) de Botton, the illustrator, designer, and paper artist who took Instagram and the local illustration scene by storm. From Gal Gadot, Israel’s own Wonder Woman, to style icons of the past such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Diana and back to the present with Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, many well-known personalities have had their portraits committed to paper — hand-made by de Botton — shown in exhibitions throughout Israel.

As part of the OpenRestaurants Festival, de Botton will be bringing a new exhibition to the Tower of David Museum: portraits of Jerusalem’s culinary figures. Machneyuda’s own team — Assaf Granit, Uri Navon, Ezra Kedem, Shalom Kadosh, Daniella Lerer, Sherry Ansky, Keren Kadosh, Tal Friedman, Ezra Shrefler of Azura, Eli Mizrahi, Moshiko Gamlieli, and Moshe Basson — all the people who bring Jerusalem’s magic to their food — are represented in this exhibition with original portraits from ready-made paper materials that are present in every restaurant, such as menus, napkins, placemats, and take-out containers.

These well-known personalities were chosen carefully by admired culinary opinion leaders, including journalist and food researcher Ronit Vered; journalist and television host Hila Alpert; Noam Rizi, chairman of the Association of Restaurants, Bars, and Cafés in Jerusalem; David Kichka, chairman of the Israeli Association for Culinary Culture; Amit Aharonson, food journalist, host of the Shakshuka Method program on Channel Ten, and restaurant critic of Jerusalem’s Kol Ha-Ir newspaper; Noa Rosin, television host and culinary affairs journalist; food journalist Roy Yerushalmi; and food journalist Shirley Golan of Yedioth Ahronoth, all of whom were asked to tell us who, in their view, makes Jerusalem’s culinary scene what it is.

We invite you to visit and view the exhibition on all the days of the festival. It is included in the price of admission to the Tower of David Museum.

Photos cresit: Efrat Hasson de Botton

About the Location

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is located in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David, near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City.The museum presents Jerusalem’s story, the major events in its history beginning with the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium BCE, until the city became the capital of the State of Israel, as well as its significance to three religions. Along with traditional activities at the museum, the Tower of David has pioneered the use of new and interactive digital technologies that enrich the visitor experience, offering a variety of games and apps for children, families and adults.

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