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Russel Smith Shares Photographs and Behind the Scenes Snaps from Lessons with Liam

Lessons with LiamPhotographer Russel Smith, who worked with Chef Liam Tomlin on his recipe book Lessons with Liam, has blogged about the style of photography he used for shooting in Tomlin’s kitchen and shared some of the stunning images from the book.

Smith spoke about how the use of artificial lighting, which he was initially hesitant about, was beneficial for creating consistency throughout the images.

The long awaited book that I have been shooting with master chef Liam Tomlin has arrived!

We spent a full year in Liam’s kitchen at Chef’s Warehouse shooting this book which I see more as a back to basics or guide then a cook book alone. Sure it is full of wonderful recipes, some of which I had the good fortune to taste but it covers everything from stocks, oils, soups, meat and poultry, seafood, veg and desserts. Copies have already hit the shelves here in South Africa and retails at R350.

Smith also shared some behind the scenes shots last year:

For the first 5 encounters or so after meeting Liam Tomlin, I hadn’t seen him cook a thing! But the sense you get when you meet him is that there is more going on then cooking, much more in fact! Having just opened Chef’s Warehouse in Cape Town after successfully running restaurants in Oz, our paths crossed. After he realized that my pictures make him look good (ongoing joke we share) and some work we did together, exactly a year ago we joined forces and have been working on a book. Full of useful knowledge from preparing different cooking stocks and olive oils, step by steps on everything from shucking an oyster to making gnocchi, Liam has poured all his knowledge into this. I have been the lucky one to experience it first hand albeit behind a camera and not at the dinner table. We hope to have it on the shelves by Christmas and have already secured a publisher. Sorry for being so vague but it is all still in the early stages to be giving too much away. Here are some shots taken behind the scenes in his kitchen and school at Chef’s Warehouse.

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Image courtesy Russel Smith Photography


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