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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe - Exmouth Market

Those clever people at Bonnie Gull Seaside Shack on Foley Street are opening a new restaurant on Exmouth Market next month called Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe. They got me in to photograph some of their new recipes created by chef Luke Robinson, which were delicious! Pictured above is Mama's Sardines on toast, Crab complete with hammer, Scallops with Yorkshire chorizo, crab roll and the ultimate Po' Boy Roll consisting of deep fried oysters!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Mandibles, Woodstock Foundry - Cape Town

Back to the real grey London world with a bump and Cape Town is a distant memory already. So here is a little post to remind me of my absolute best find in the city. Mandibles is located in the uber cool Woodstock Foundry and is the most beautiful taxidermy shop run by Julia Jaki and Philipp Schulz.  Philipp is the taxidermist. Julia is pictured above and is real, not stuffed. Needless to say I went home armed with many skulls, horns and eggs and a beautiful Blesbok winging its way to me in the South African Post!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Kirstenbosch Gardens - Cape Town

I'm coming to the end of my six weeks here in Cape Town and so I had to make sure I photographed the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Nestled in the slopes at the base of Table Mountain, it is a vast tropical haven. And an amazing backdrop for their summer sunset concerts.

Monday, 18 November 2013

John Lewis - Observer Food Monthly

You may have caught some of these photos yesterday in Observer Food Monthly. A lovely Christmas shoot for John Lewis showcasing all their products. I got to work with the wonderful stylist Sania Pell on this one, and someone on the Guardian picture desk has a career in food styling ahead of them with those beautiful christmas cookies! You can see more online on the Guardian website.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Booths Christmas Catalogue

If you are from up North then I don't need to explain to you what Booths is as you will be obsessed with the much loved brand, but for all you Southerners it is a high end supermarket full of locally sourced produce based in Yorkshire and Lancashire. 
I was asked to photograph their Christmas catalogue this year with shooting happening to fall on the hottest two weeks of the year of course. Quite surreal to be eating Christmas dinner in the garden in 33 degree heat, not to mention your food stylist nearly fainting in the heat of my kitchen trying to cook the perfectly bronzed turkey. That was the fabulous Rosie Birkett by the way, who did an amazing job of cooking all the beautiful produce along with Uyen Luu.
I also had a sunny few days in Yorkshire and Lancashire photographing all their lovely producers such as Reg Johnson with his Goosnargh Duck and Neil Hesiltine and his Belted Galloway cattle. Climbing through duck pens and up mountains. Anyway, I hope you will agree that it was all worth it in the end!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Smokehouse Restaurant - Canonbury

Opening this week is the latest restaurant from those clever people who created the wonderful 'Princess of Shoreditch' and 'Pig and Butcher'. Smokehouse, located in Canonbury does what it says on the tin and smokes all its beautiful produce on the premises. Head chef Neil Rankin, formerly from John Salt, has come up with some amazingly indulgent dishes. Fois gras with apple pie and duck egg being a particularly good example, not to mention Banoffee pan Perdue, which is to die for! Also photographed is the Shortrib Bourguignon and smoked duck confit with fourme d'ambert cheese. Genius!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Hally's - Parsons Green

Sorry I haven't done a blog post in so long! This was a commission for brilliant interior designers, Alexander Waterworth Interiors. Check out their website to see how cool their projects are. Hally's Cafe is a little piece of California in Parsons Green, opened  by Anna Halliday. It has a beautiful bright, relaxed feel that meant every passer by was popping in while we were photographing it, eager for it to open! The hexagonal tiles were my favorite detail.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa, I fell in love with you. The light, the people, the landscape, the food. It has taken me so long to put these photos up since my trip to Cape Town in December, but it has been so nice to look back over them after what feels a long time of cold and darkness and then some more cold. 
After a climb up Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge which nearly killed me, we started off in Cape Town and travelled down the Garden Route on long long roads, passing fields of Ostriches and epic mountain ranges. 
First stop was horse riding on the amazing stretch of whiteness that is Noordhoek beach. Then a stop at Kalk Bay staying at Chartfield B&B which is when we learnt that guesthouses here are like 5 star hotels! After a very quick look at the penguins in Betty's Bay, we had a 5 hour drive onto Mossel Bay, followed by Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenburg.
Then it was our longest drive making our way back to Cape Town via Route 62. After dropping down from the misty mountains dodging baboons, you hit the longest, straightest roads ever. It is one of the most amazing drives I have done, broken up by a quick stop at the famous Ronnie's Sex Shop. After 7 hours it is all worth it when you come over the mountain and see the Franschhoek pass. 
You can't visit Franschhoek without lunch at La Petit Ferme which is one of the most amazing restaurant settings I have ever seen. We stayed at Akademie Guest House, which I can categorically say is one of the best places I have ever stayed. 
We fittingly finished off at Cape Point, not quite the most southernly point on the continent but it certainly feels like it.
So if anyone can put me up in Camp's Bay next winter, please let me know!