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2013 Complete New Zealand Seafood Cookbook

 

Over late 2012 to mid 2013 , Alongside the Auckland seafood school and Penguin books, I worked on The Complete New Zealand seafood cookbook  . I promise its all delicious! An update to an earlier book , it is a MUCH bigger (288 pages , hardback) and thoroughly comprehensive review of New Zealand seafood recipes.

Styling and propping again was by Athena Sommerfeld .

Chefs involved were : John Campbell, Steve Roberts, Colin Doyle,Mark Dronjak, Marco Edwardes, Petra New and Steve Roberts.

One of the bigger challenges on this shoot was to keep the images light and airy to give a sense of the delicate flavours on offer. A range of backgrounds was created and adapted for use , some out of stuff found at the side of the road. As the shoot progressed  as recipes were finalised , decisions would be made as to which backgrounds would be used, with care to make sure the backgrounds didn’t over whelm the food.

Natural light with some modification was used to represent the  colours of the food with a more natural rendering than studio lighting.

 

Photographer: Sean Shadbolt

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Kenwood K Mix launch

Kenwood recently launched its new line of K Mix colored kitchen appliances to the press. Various food media people and industry clients  were invited to attend . Models were dressed in appropriately colored clothing and nail polish , food items were colored to match the colour  of the appliances.

The energetic  presenter of the event was food celebrity  Jax Hamilton,  who encouraged everyone present to participate in the construction of their own Macaron towers.

Photographer : Sean Shadbolt

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Botswana butchery May 2013

 

In May 2013 , we were asked to do some shots of the cuisine at Botswana butchery , a restaurant located on Auckland’s waterfront. The shots were taken for Anna Jobz public relations  and were used as a feature in WORLD magazine . It was a pleasant morning , working by the water . Chef Stuart did a great job of the presentation so the shoot went smoothly.  Natural light was used with some modification so there was minimal disruption to the restaurant.

Sean Shadbolt did the photography and Vincent Young assisted.botswana_0057

Sirloin on the bone
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Shoulder of lamb

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Peking Duck

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French onion soup

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Spanish Whitebait