Over the years ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish has built a reputation for discovering the best in amateur cooks across the country and this year, have upped and ante and invited the nation’s professionals to take up the challenge. The show’s 112 gifted chefs hail from the humblest of bistros to the glitziest of fine-dining restaurants and I was given the most wonderful of experiences to photograph them.
Being on the road for three weeks took its toll but was well worth it. This is my first book publication and seems to have unearthed a desire to explore the world of food photography. In fact since the shoot I am in discussions with a leading international five star hotel chain to freshen up their room service menus so watch this space for news of that in the new year.
Taking on this commission has highlighted for me that you cannot always predict where your life will go and as long as you keep taking opportunities as they arise it will be an interesting journey and doors will just keep on opening up for you.
This commission materialised off the back of a wedding I photographed for an ITV production manager in 2006 on the strength of the wedding cake shot that was used as the backdrop for the ITV show ’Confessions of the wedding trade’ in 2007. You never can tell where work is going to come from..
Britain’s Best Dish is on weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
Britain's Best Dish: Book Images, Philippa Gedge
Britain's Best Dish: Chef Portraits, Philippa Gedge