Whether it’s for a lifestyle book, a food magazine or a TV programme, for me – being a chef goes hand-in-hand with food styling. I care about the whole table setting: the crockery, the napkins and the colours of the food on the plate.
FOOD STYLING – Every brief is different, that’s why I love it! It’s all about finding the perfect combination of ingredients, tableware and ‘look and feel’ – working closely alongside the photographer, client and/or publisher to get it spot on.
RECIPE TESTING – Depending on the brief this can include sourcing ingredients, testing the recipes and sometimes even re-writing them with a tweak or two to come up with the perfect creations.
PROPS – This is the other side of the kitchen but still a part I absolutely love – hunting down that perfect platter or piece of crockery for a particular dish is an obsession I’ve had since I was young!