This is one of my favourite recipes in my cookbook and is the recipe I decided to use in the making of this food film. Aside form being very tasty, it has lots of steps which make for the perfect length of video.
Simon joins Grinder after many years as a sought after tabletop photographer, working in the UK and South Africa on global food and beverage brands including: McDonalds, Guinness, Heineken, Woolworths, Amstel, Windhoek, Ceres, Liquifruit & Appletizer.
Grinder Films Executive Producer David Rowley adds “Simon has the energy and vision to constantly innovate new visual styles. He is a breath of fresh air to the world of tabletop directing and we are really excited to have him in our team.”
Grinder Films is Southern Africa’s only dedicated tabletop studio and specialists in food, beverage and product cinematography and photography. Established in 2009 by David Rowley, Grinder operates from its custom-built studio in Cape Town and currently represents 9 specialist tabletop directors in both South African and international markets.
My Food styling profile on the Grinder site can be viewed here.
My delightful food styling assistant, Kristy Snell – a highly talented person and creator of the beautiful food blog: Food-Monger.com, is the in-camera specialist in this film.
This sauce is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous tomato or cream-based varieties. I’ve included bacon and crispy prosciutto in this recipe, but it can just as easily be left out and replaced with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds to make it a vegetarian dish.
I like the bacon to remain crispy, so I cook it beforehand and add it again right at the end, half mixed into the sauce and half scattered over the top for a lovely crunchy texture.
I use shiitake mushrooms because I love their slightly chewy texture and meaty flavour, but any mushrooms will work well. I tend to avoid the white-button ones, though, as they don’t have as much flavour as other varieties.
This is the image I took of the recipe for my book:
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