Chef Eric Ziebold, center left, at CityZen with Andy Hsu and his kitchen staff. (Bill O'Leary/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Great kitchens match drill-field precision with gestural art,” writes Kaufman. “The best cooks possess a soldier’s obedience and a dancer’s grace, transcending the dangers with meditative beauty.”

This interactive time-lapse gallery captures an evening of Ziebold’s kitchen choreography in 280 frames; it’s worth a look if you’ve ever admired the rush of a well-run restaurant on a busy evening.

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