Last year Alan Murchison produced some of the most beautiful and complex restaurant food that I had the good fortune to shoot, so I was really happy to be back at L’ortolan to shoot his cooking again recently.
This time it was a completely different kettle of fish. The job was for a lifestyle magaizine and the brief was to shoot recipes to cover a years worth of monthly articles on hi-carb, fitness-focused dishes. The food was beautiful and simple, and visualy exciting.
It seems to me that when a supremely talented chef turns their attention from complex restaurant dishes to something simple, the results are extraordinary. I have been lucky enough to see this a few times now (another good example of this beautifully stripped back cooking is Nathan Outlaw’s Sea Food and Grill, new post coming soon…) and it is the style of cooking that I get the most excited about, as there are elements in the food that us mere mortals can achieve – albeit with a bit less competence..!