Nifty Fifty

The most recent issue of Observer Food Monthly was a great way to reflect on some of the amazing places and people I’ve met through work that have also made it into the The OFM 50, 2014

Here’s just a handful:

#19: High-rise dining, and the view from Sushisamba on the 38th floor of Heron Tower

#21: Claude Bosi’s power lunch at Hibiscus

#24: Aged basmati rice from Arun Kapil’s Green Saffron

#30: Wild Muntjac biryani at Gymkhana

#36: Mayfields and their artful dishes such as octopus, smoked eel dashi, and green asparagus

#39: Gochuchang, here with radishes and sesame at The Clove Club

#49: Alessandro Palazzi at Dukes Bar

I coulda been a contender

Fresh tuna auction, Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan

Fresh tuna auction, Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan

I was a tad disappointed not to make the finalists of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014.

But anyway, I made the shortlist with a ‘commended’ in the Food For Sale section for this image of the fresh (as opposed to frozen) tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

Fresh tuna command a premium over their frozen counterpart and sell for upwards of US$10,000 each.

Check out the shortlisted entries. What great company to be in.

Here’s to next year…

A new chapter


Catching up on another recent project, online and PR work has included the updated website of Chapter One.

Although located in Locksbottom, Kent, it’s just 15 minutes by train out from London Bridge. As such, Chapter One falls under the radar of more shouty Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital.

And that’s a real shame because it excels at innovative cooking served up with finesse and grace. Add to that very reasonable pricing and a relaxed yet efficient atmosphere, and it makes for a great day out.

It’s a real testament to chef/patron, Andy McLeish who’s one of the most down-to-earth yet inspirational chefs I’ve met.

It’s hip to be square

After a lengthy hiatus (much longer than I’d really intended) I thought that I’d resurrect this sad old blog with some good news, and a new look.

I’ve recently started photographing for the good folks over at Mayfields. Not the usual kind of commercial gig, more of a creative collaboration. Really great people to work with, hipster Hackney location, eclectic playlist, and astonishingly innovative food.

Newly added to their website this week is a gallery of just some of the photos that we’ve been working on together. More to come over the following weeks and months.

Watch this space…

I scream for ice cream

Better late than never, it seems like summer has finally hit London.  For this week at least…

So it’s a good opportunity to post about a recent shoot I did for Metropolitan, the ‘in-flight’ magazine for Eurostar. The photos were for a feature on ice cream flavours that embody the theme ‘metropolitan’.

The locations they chose were Gelupo (classic Italian with a twist), William Curley (England meets France), Chin Chin Lab (madcap nitro ice cream innovators), and The Modern Pantry (fine contemporary fusion).

Metro_LDN_Ice_GLP-0002Metro_LDN_Ice_GLP-0018Kiwi, gin & elderflower sorbet at Gelupo

Metro_LDN_Ice_WC-0003Metro_LDN_Ice_WC-0016Apricot fromage frais ice cream, with an apricot and lemon thyme sauce at William Curley

Metro_LDN_Ice_CCL-0023Metro_LDN_Ice_CCL-0009‘A Cup of Tea & A French Fancy’ at Chin Chin Lab

Metro_LDN_Ice_MP-0032Metro_LDN_Ice_MP-0005Chocolate sorbet, with blackcurrant and Broadside ale ripple at The Modern Pantry

Another room with a view

Oblix at The ShardRoasted romano peppers

Around The City at the moment it’s all about dining with a view. First there last year was Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba by Liverpool Street, and now its the turn of Oblix on the 32nd floor of The Shard, which I shot for Time Out London.

A sister to Rainer Becker’s Zuma and Roka, Oblix is an homage to the New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel which he launched in 1992.

Oblix is divided into two parts – the main restaurant with open kitchen and lounge bar which offers a daytime deli menu, weekend brunch and live music in the evening. The views from both are stunning, offering the spectacle of London’s greatest hits.

And for the moment at least, you can still just about wave to friends over at Duck & Waffle.

Oblix at The ShardSeared beef, lime, chilli, garlic & ginger dressing

Oblix at The ShardView of the open kitchen as you enter the restaurant

Oblix at The ShardL to R: Tower 42, Walkie Talkie, Cheesegrater behind, Heron Tower just visible, Gherkin

Oblix at The ShardSt Paul’s

Oblix at The ShardTower Bridge, Canary Wharf

Oblix at The ShardTrainspotting: the arterial railway out of London Bridge

All signs point to luxury

IMG_4268Staying in Mayfair, a stone’s throw from The Playboy Club, but a world away in vibe, I had a recent job at The Dorchester Bar to photograph some signature cocktails from The Dorchester Collection hotels.

There’s something a bit surreal about a bar full of cocktails early on a sunny morning, but hey, they tasted damn fine and were a very civilised way to start the day.

groupV2Left to right: L’Aperitivo del Principe (Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan); Beverly Hills Peach Crusta (The Beverly Hills Hotel); Martinez (The Dorchester, London); Rose Royale (Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris); Swiss & Sweet (Le Richemond, Geneva); From Le Meurice With Love (Le Meurice, Paris)

IMG_4266The elegant and imposing frontage of The Dorcester on Park Lane

IMG_4270The Dorchester carpark is like a supercar showroom. Here a Bugatti Veyron flanked by a S-Class and a Roller