My name is Alain Gutierrez and I am a professional photographer and food blogger in Cuba. I have a degree in journalism from the University of Havana and I have been working as a photographer and writer for more than 18 years in Havana. I currently work as the Director of Photography at OnCuba, a magazine focusing on Cuban news and culture which is available in print and online versions in English and Spanish.
I spend most of my time photographing the daily life I see around me. I am living now in a time of great change in my country and I believe it is important for me to document what I see and share it with the rest of the world.
In September 2014, I began a blog entitled "Taste of Cuba" (http://atasteofcuba.org) with the goal of sharing Cuban culinary trends and traditions with the rest of the world. It features my photographs and stories of the chefs and cuisine that are shaping Cuba today. I believe food brings us all closer together. Whenever I travel outside of Cuba, one of my top priorities is deciding where—and what—to eat. I’m usually traveling on a budget, and given the choice, I prefer eating where the locals eat. If you really want to experience a place, experience its food—the real food, the meals and ingredients that define a people. Because if you savor the experience, every dish can be a lesson in culture.
I also offer my services as a local guide for photography and culinary tours in Havana and beyond. For the past few years, I have been working with former Newsweek photojournalist, Peter Turnley, and Creative Live´s crew members John Greengo and Kenna Klosterman, as a photography guide for educational people-to-people tours for Americans and recently, I began offering my own individualized tours and road-trips for small groups visiting my island.
Since 2015, I have also been offering culinary tours for chefs, food writers, and journalists visiting Cuba. In September 2015, for example, I worked with the producers of Al Jazeera Eats (AJEats) to select the locations and individuals to be interviewed for a program on Cuba's developing culinary scene. Also I help chef Douglas Rodríguez to coordinate part of his culinary tours in Cuba. I recently worked with world-renowned chef and tv personality, Emeril Lagasse, to organize a culinary tour and to facilitate introductions to many of the young chefs in the private restaurants in Havana for his new television show. I look forward to more opportunities to share the culture of my country through its cuisine.