Biscuits and Jampionships, The Journey to WFC

Well, it’s another one the history books. I made the Top 10 for the Biscuits and Jam competition. Its an ancillary competition part of the big competition at World Food Championships. I’m so excited. The jam that won was my Pineapple Lime Coconut Jam. It’s going to be paired with my Buttermilk Thyme and Orange Biscuits. I can’t wait to start this journey…

Stay Tuned for new post on my Journey to WFC…

“The Journey to WFC” coming soon!

It’s around the corner. I’m so excited. The journey to The World Food Championships is in October. We are headed to Dallas, TX for the biggest competition in the World. This year I’m competing in the Recipe Category, after being in the Burger Category for the last 3 years. Its definitely a new challenge and planning for it is an interesting process.

To make this process come to life, I will be documenting my journey to WFC. I will be vlogging, photos, blogs, video, etc… So make sure you follow the journey with me…

Sample of Signature Dish:

Herb Cream Potato Mash, Grilled Ponzu Asparagus, Spiced Seared to Roasted Salmon, White Bbq Roasted Corn Chowder Sauce, Kaliaifi Shrimp

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

Food Photography, what can I say… its something I have fallen in love with. Food has now become an experience, something that takes you back to significant moments of freedom, love, passion, ambition, etc… Photography captures those experiences and moments and freezes them. Not necessarily in time, but in a memory to always reflect back to. I have connected my two favorite things and found a way to tell my story.

That’s what I as a Chef, business owner and now food photographer strives for, is the experience. The experience makes everything come to life. The key to a great photo of food, starts with the ingredients. I always try and conceptualize the dish I want to make and figure out a way to photograph it. Just so I can get the essence of what I’m trying to convey across.

Once I have an idea, I cook the dish, and decide how I want to plate. I also decide what I want to plate on. This I find difficult because there are so many vessels for food, but also is good to choose one that’s going to showcase the ingredients well.

I use a Canon for my food photos, as well as my phone. (Android Galaxy Note) it takes wonderful photos. I take pictures from all types of angles. Mostly taken outside for natural light. Something about natural light just gives you that little touch on the dish. Once the photos are done, I decide if any of them need a touch up, a little more clarity, if there were any shadows, etc…

And once that’s done, I’m left with some fabulous photos. (See below) Its the story of the photo. It’s worth a thousand words.

Dish1: Mojito Lime Spiced Turkish Shrimp, Sauteed Corn with Heavy Cream, and Coconut Kashamiri Sauce

Dish2: Seared to Roasted Salmon with Thyme Smashed Potatoes, Ponzu Asparagus, Bbq Roasted Corn Chowder Sauce, with Sauteed Shrimp

Dish3: Lemon Mascarpone Sweet Cream Pound Cake, Lime Honey Berries, and Fruit Sauces

Dish4: Vanilla Puff Pastry with Thyme Pastey Cream, Berries and Pistachio