Friday, 31 January 2014

Flying food

On 30th January most of us missed out on a culinary treat. To publicise their new 100-chef kitchen servicing flights on major airlines from Heathrow, Alpha LSG Skychefs collaborated with William Murray PR and communications agency in a special launch event. At the new site they mocked up a series of "stalls" offering street food from around the world, cooked by their specialist chefs to tantalise the palates of invited guests. As part of this imaginative promotion I was asked to photograph 12 of the premier chefs along with a signature dish from each to feature in a recipe book. It was a very hectic and challenging shoot in an as yet unequipped shell of a kitchen with no heating to speak of but good fun and of course it had it's (edible) highlights too! Here are chefs Subhash Sethi with his Chicken breast tandoori, Desmond O'Connor - Roast stuffed leg and breast of corn-fed chicken, Siewyoong Loh - Braised pork belly in Guinness and Chiwan Ng - Corn-fed chicken in chilli-plum sauce:
We were also lucky to have Chris Barber (above left) supply his delicious Slow-cooked lamb recipe, left, enhanced by tales of wild foods and why we don't eat Canada geese. Last but not least, a few behind the scenes shots. Lunch on the go - YUM! - Subhash Sethi in working garb plus coat enjoying his favourite dish (I hope he'll forgive me for this!), behind the scenes team including, from left, Carrie Bateman and Alpha Head chef Carl Jones checking editorial details (I hope they'll forgive me too!) and Anna tries to keep warm while food stylist Nico discusses recipe details with chef M Imran.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Frances Quinn's SERIOUSLY chocolatey cake for Cadbury's

Just before Christmas Golin Harris asked me to do a last-minute shoot with Great British Bake Off's winner, the lovely Frances Quinn. Frances brought her really wickedly delicious chocolate cake she had created for Cadbury's to the studio but it did not leave in one piece! The above is Frances's favourite shot but I thought I'd share with you a snap of new experience I encountered on the shoot - competition for attention - from the cake!!