RAY MEARS BOOK COVER & RECIPES

Hugh shot bush craft expert Ray Mears new book cover for Bloomsbury Publishing. Wilderness Chef will be available to buy on Amazon in the spring

On very wet day, deep in Ashdown Forest Ray started a fire, gutted and boned a whole wild salmon with his bare hands.

Ray is a lovely man, a black belt 7 dan judo artist who trained with Terence Donovan in the Paddington gym. They became good friends with huge mutual respect of each others craft. Terry loved military precision so would have loved Ray’s skills.

Getting the fire going in the rain.  A fresh wild salmon cooked over birch wood tastes fantastic, especially when you have been standing in the rain for a few hours.

Getting the fire going in the rain.

A fresh wild salmon cooked over birch wood tastes fantastic, especially when you have been standing in the rain for a few hours.

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With the harvest season in full swing Hugh was asked to shoot a campaign for Westmill showing the Elephant Atta product, multigrains and their wonderful chapatis. The brief was to shoot the 7 multigrains on a natural kitchen work top scenario

NEW MULTIGRAIN CAMPAIGN


With the harvest season in full swing Hugh was asked to shoot a campaign for Westmill showing the Elephant Atta product, multigrains and their wonderful chapatis. The brief was to shoot the 7 multigrains on a natural kitchen work top scenario

The campaign consists of posters, social media and stop frame animation.

The campaign consists of posters, social media and stop frame animation.

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MR. McGREGOR'S VEG' PATCH

Perfect veg patch with wonderful green home-grown rocket.

Thank you to the Slow Food Movement and Soil Association #vegetarian #vegan

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VAGABONDS – a day working in a wine bar!!

Spending a summer’s day shooting cool beer, chilled wine and food on the canal at Paddington was a dream come true. Thank you to all the great people at Vagabond’s Wine Bar.

Fresh radishes

Fresh radishes

Cheese board

Cheese board

Pain au chocolat. You can’t better French pastries, all that butter!

Pain au chocolat. You can’t better French pastries, all that butter!

Skashuka, love this dish

Skashuka, love this dish

Salmon toasts

Salmon toasts

Turkish eggs, a decent reason with Imam Biyaldi to go to Turkey. (and kebabs!!)

Turkish eggs, a decent reason with Imam Biyaldi to go to Turkey. (and kebabs!!)

MORE ITALIAN INGREDIENTS

After Hugh's winning series Italian Ingredients at the AOP Awards it was lovely shooting another lovely  project with Sacla, one of the great Italian and British food businesses supplying Italian produce.

Wild garlic

Wild garlic

Parmesan

Parmesan

Quadratto di Asti peppers

Quadratto di Asti peppers

Fresh n’duja bruschetta

Fresh n’duja bruschetta

Loving n’duja whether on pizza or pasta

Loving n’duja whether on pizza or pasta

Courgette pasta  A huge thank you to the Romans for giving the planet these wonderful ingredients

Courgette pasta

A huge thank you to the Romans for giving the planet these wonderful ingredients

HUGH JOHNSON WINS 3rd PLACE IN PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2019

 ‘Only Italians’ - when Hugh saw two Italian telecom workers eating a hot lunch in Soho, he immediately fell in love with the scenario. Only Italians would down tools at 1.00 in a busy Soho street, set up 2 tables and prepare a hot plate of pasta for two with Parmesan, oil & pepper. 

Hugh’s photo captures his love of Italians & their culture. There was no conversation between the two workers as is often the case in Italy as they’re too busy enjoying & appreciating good food.

 Hugh has four photos at the Association of Photographers Awards on Tuesday 14th May 2019.

Al fresco dining, Kingly Street, Soho
(PS - all the rest are rubbish!!)

(PS - all the rest are rubbish!!)

WINNER at INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS

I love winning awards. My shot ‘Bar Snacks' for Kricket London has won more success, this time at the International Color Awards 2019, NYC.

There were a total of 7,241 entries received from 79 countries. This follows on from winning the Fortnum & Masons Photographer of the Year 2018 and the inclusion of 4 images in this year’s Association of Photographers Awards. Hopefully there’s more to follow….?!

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MORE AWARDS #AssocOfPhotographers

Once again I am humbled to receive more awards from my photography & advertising peers. This time with four in the Association of Photographers Awards 2019

Wonderful oozy creamy burrata

Wonderful oozy creamy burrata

Rack of ribs, Tuscany

Rack of ribs, Tuscany

Grape harvest, why over complicate a shot? Simple is often best.

Grape harvest, why over complicate a shot? Simple is often best.

Fresh girolles from the Dolimities (or as predictive text tried to write fresh girlies from the Dolimities)

Fresh girolles from the Dolimities (or as predictive text tried to write fresh girlies from the Dolimities)

NEW SCIENTIST - DANGERS OF CHEESE

Cheese is not only beautiful but tastes wonderful too. We always have a large selection from Neals Yard at Christmas but sadly eat very little at other times of the year apart from Mozzarella and Parmesan.

So many vegetarian friends consumed cheese as a source of protein and probably felt they were helping to save the planet. However…. read on!!

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FORTNUM & MASONS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Fortnum & Mason awards is one of the highlights of the year and winning the Photographer of the Year is so rewarding. I already want to repeat it next year.

https://www.fortnumandmason.com/events/food-and-drink-awards-about?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=About&utm_campaign=2019_01_29_wk29_tues_fandmawards_photographer

The party is superb, wonderful champagne and nibbles plus a room full of stars - Rick Stein, Nadiya, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater, Ottolenghi with my award presented by Claudia Winkleman.

What a great night.

NEW FILM PROJECT

We have been shooting a series of short films and gifs for a new project ‘Shred my boss’ with superb creative Michaela Pannese.

Each of the selected politicians, Donald Trump & Jeremy Hunt, chefs, Gordon Ramsey, Media Moguls and Editors, Piers Morgan, Anna Winter, Rupert Murdoch portraits are etched onto a sheet of pasta and shredded. Please see some of the stills from the project.

Who’s going to be tagliatelled??

Who’s going to be tagliatelled??

Trump for shredding

Trump for shredding

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

Devil wears Prada, the pasta version

Devil wears Prada, the pasta version

Cabinet minister, Jeremy Hunt

Cabinet minister, Jeremy Hunt

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Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan

Mr President - “I’m goin’ to make America great again!”  Link for short films, plus gifs to follow soon

Mr President - “I’m goin’ to make America great again!”

Link for short films, plus gifs to follow soon

PROVENANCE

We are all becoming obsessed where our food comes from with more and more people especially younger generations growing their own. The Sussex Peasant www.thesussexpeasant.co.uk sources food from nearby farms and the mileage of each item purchased is printed on the receipt.

Most of us eat Brussel sprouts for Christmas and the tops are incredibly popular in the restaurant world. My home-grown tops were full of so much flavour.

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CHRISTMAS 2019, already working on it.

Most European’s are recovering from New Year’s Day hangovers but we’re up early shooting Christmas in the frost - Christmas has come early this year.

With many retail companies spending 25% of their budgets on Christmas, it is a booming area in what is a tough Brexit world.

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Hugh has introduced a new page on his website dedicated to Christmas and seasons

Hugh has introduced a new page on his website dedicated to Christmas and seasons

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GAIL'S BAKERY

Dark rich moody and delightfully tasty salty gorgonzola with orange blossom honey on tasty Gail’s sour dough

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Gail’s Bakery baguettes smothered in the nicest garlic butter. Bet you can’t just have one!!

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW


As summer draws to the end, we photographed the last sun ripened tomatoes on Gail's Bakery wonderful new sour dough bread range

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As the the fruit begins to fall off the trees the ‘funghi’ appears as the dew becomes heavier and the cooler nights draw in. The girolles (or as predictive text tries to write ‘girlies’) are so beautiful with their amazing yellow tone and wonderful flavour.

As the the fruit begins to fall off the trees the ‘funghi’ appears as the dew becomes heavier and the cooler nights draw in. The girolles (or as predictive text tries to write ‘girlies’) are so beautiful with their amazing yellow tone and wonderful flavour.

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This has been an amazingly warm Indian summer which has resulted in the sweetest butter nut squashes. Our daal & butternut squash with chilli oil fire-cracker recipe for bonfire night captures amazing seasonal autumnal tones with an added firey hit.


This has been an amazingly warm Indian summer which has resulted in the sweetest butter nut squashes. Our daal & butternut squash with chilli oil fire-cracker recipe for bonfire night captures amazing seasonal autumnal tones with an added firey hit.

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M&S CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA LAUNCH

We shot a social media campaign for M&S to launch their new Indian range. Our brief was to shoot their best seller, Chicken Tikka Masala with the main shot being the tikka cooked over red hot coals in a tandoori oven.

We shot the coals separately because of the heat haze from the charcoal below and the tikka as a separate layer against red so it would reflect into the meat to simulate the flames below.

It will make a really good campaign

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