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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JUST EAT

There is very little humour in todays advertising which is a shame. We used to have wonderful funny ads from Heineken, Castlemaine to name two but obviously today ads have to be more hard hitting

Our recent campaign for Just Eat is an exception. Although we don’t have the Just Eat Subway, Itsu, Pizza, KFC posters and Gifs I attach a few in situ examples

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The layout for the KFC ad

The layout for the KFC ad

AMV BBDO

I love working with AMV BBDO, the Rolls Royce of advertising. They have been the top or second best agency for 30 years. We had a fantastic few days shooting the newly won Asda account (which replaced Sainsbury’s) with 2 brilliant CD’s/Art Directors Colin Jones & David Hillyard. The poster, press , SM & Pos is out this September

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DAVE and TOR TIE THE KNOT

Dave’s now married and what a wonderful day, full of northern hospitality and to a lovely young lady, Tor.

I have known Dave for seven years and have never seen him in a bad mood. He is very open and non judgemental and deserves to meet and marry such a lovely girl.

We wish you years of happiness. It was lovely meeting Dave & Tor’s lovely family and friends.

“He’s only gone and done it” (quote by wonderful MOTD commentator, Barry Davies

“He’s only gone and done it” (quote by wonderful MOTD commentator, Barry Davies

Congratulations to a really very special couple. They are wonderful, you couldn’t meet a better matched team

Congratulations to a really very special couple. They are wonderful, you couldn’t meet a better matched team

Tor blooming on her special day marrying her Univ’ sweet heart.

Tor blooming on her special day marrying her Univ’ sweet heart.

Yorkshire Dales

After arriving back from Italy we shot AMV BBDO’s first campaign for ASDA with Colin Jones and David Hillyard (2 great AD’s & blokes) before heading up North to the Yorkshire Dales.

Although the barometer dropped from 36 to 7C the scenery was spectacular as beautiful as anywhere in the world. It will stay with me for years (& also the incredible haddock & chips in Magpie’s, Whitby - simply memorable).

What we forget is how clear the air is on the Yorkshire Dales and how polluted London is, which must be bad for our health.

The three trees, in Muker (sounds like a pub)

The three trees, in Muker (sounds like a pub)

The grass is so wonderfully green and weather is so changeable

The grass is so wonderfully green and weather is so changeable

If you only eat fish and chips once in your life make sure it’s from Magpie’s, Whitby. The beef dripping gives it so much flavour.

If you only eat fish and chips once in your life make sure it’s from Magpie’s, Whitby. The beef dripping gives it so much flavour.

A slightly chilly beach resort

A slightly chilly beach resort

Haddock & chips, 100% delicious

Haddock & chips, 100% delicious

The beautiful mountain sheep

The beautiful mountain sheep

Yorkshire at it’s finest

Yorkshire at it’s finest

Beautiful salmon river with rich tan water from the peat

Beautiful salmon river with rich tan water from the peat

The dairy, Wensleydale. Beautiful Yorkie cheese

The dairy, Wensleydale. Beautiful Yorkie cheese

ITALIAN SUMMERS

What a brilliant project to shoot in Italy celebrating their hot summers. I have shot so many food shoots in Italy it was lovely shooting something else, especially when it is 36C, full sun and no clouds.

One of the main areas I wanted to capture was the blue sky and lots of summery primary colours.

Monte Rosso, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Monte Rosso, Cinque Terre, Liguria

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Girls having fun

Girls having fun

Swimmers

Swimmers

Summer holidays by the beach - fishing and swimming

Summer holidays by the beach - fishing and swimming

Not a cloud in the sky

Not a cloud in the sky

Aqua fresh - the Med, simply magical

Aqua fresh - the Med, simply magical

Pravha adv' campaign

We used a wonderful location for this shoot owned by a great friend and wonderful food stylist, Sarah Tildesley at Paper Mill Studios and a beer expert genius, Adrian flew in from Malalaga in Spain to style the bottle.

With two incredibly important cogs we shot a really nice campaign for Pravha, Vccp who are a brilliant agency to work with.

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NEW KRICKET WORK

Kricket was voted number 52 in the Best 100 Restaurants in UK. Chef, Will Bowlby's ambition  was to have his own restaurant by 30; he better that as he has 3.

We had a great day with Will & Rik last week, here are some of the pics.

Beef tartare

Beef tartare

Old Naranghi cocktails

Old Naranghi cocktails

Kricket's beer kegs

Kricket's beer kegs

Indian mangoes

Indian mangoes

Ultimate pork scratching

Ultimate pork scratching

Asparagus & mushroom

Asparagus & mushroom

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Crispy oyster and mussels in a coconut Keralan sauce

Crispy oyster and mussels in a coconut Keralan sauce

Pigs head vindaloo

Pigs head vindaloo

New menu range

New menu range

Seafood range

Seafood range

Will in the kitchen

Will in the kitchen

Partner, Rik Campbell

Partner, Rik Campbell

Brixton is a great venue

Brixton is a great venue

KFC, Kerelan Fried Chicken, so good. One plate is never enough   https://kricket.co.uk/

KFC, Kerelan Fried Chicken, so good. One plate is never enough

https://kricket.co.uk/