Category Archives: Food Photography

White Guide Nordic likes Dill

The White Guide Nordic has just released their top restaurants in the Nordic countries.

Dill is for the second year in the top seat and here are some images that I did for White Guide of chef Ragnar Eiriksson and the food of Dill.

Later I will publish some more images that I have done of some of the other top restaurants in Iceland.

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Also posted in Nordic Food

Evas (very) sweet cakes

Well sometimes it takes a long time between postings but that usually means that I am busy with other things.

Some years ago I worked with a food magazine in Iceland called Gestgjafinn and they had guest chefs coming in and doing editorials for the magazine.
One of these was a nice and soft-spoken women called Eva Laufey and I was so happy that she wanted to work with me for this great new project, Eva´s Cake Joy (my very poor translation).
This is Eva´s second book and my third cookbook and I am very pleased with the outcome.
Some information about Eva is that from being a really enthusiastic food blogger she has become one of the biggest TV chefs in Iceland (she is still blogging, although I have no idea how she finds the time).
And I have to say that working with Eva is one of the best experiences I have had for a long time, Eva is such a gentle person and 1000% professional that it is a pure joy to work with her.
You could easily underestimate Eva at first being such a gentle and (very) calm character she is but she backs that up with a very strong opinion and great and well developed ideas without having to to prove her self to other people.
What I am trying to say is that working with Eva is so fun and easy that it was more like chilling and drinking coffee with friends rather then working in a hot kitchen and trying to create pretty images.
And lastly I must add that tasting the cakes after the shoots did not make things worse ;-).
I am posting a few favourite images from the book but you will have to buy the book to get the recipes.

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The Grill or as written in Icelandic: Grillið

Just finished some images for one of the oldest and most renowned fine dining restaurants in Iceland.

I could not resist dropping in two quick behind the scenes images from the work at Grillið plus some of the items from the new menu.

You can find out more on this link www.grillid.is

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A Viktor in Budapest

The Bocuse d´Or competition is basically the World Championships in fine dining cooking and I have had the privilege to photograph the Icelandic contender now for three times, I can only hope that this time it is three times lucky and I hope Viktor Örn Andrésson will end up on the podium. Here are some of the images that I did for him.

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Marz is traveling

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Stereotypes of fishery, specifically in Iceland will probably involve silent macho men going about their business and slicing up fish wearing orange rainwear but Marz Seafood is something as refreshing as an all female company that is run by silent women slicing up fish wearing orange rainwear 😉 .

No I am only joking about the macho and rainwear but it is an all women company and I recently did shoot some marketing material for them and they are soooo nice to work with, that is in no way a reflection on the gender but only a reflection on how very nice people they are and it was a joy co-operating with them and their enthusiasm for what is maybe not stereotypical images of fish and I was really pleased with the results.
Here are some more images of how they used the images on a exhibition and in their marketing material.

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Also posted in Fish, Nordic Food

Gisli is traveling again

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The Icelandic chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson (Slippurinn and Matur og Drykkur) is again taking his food outside of Iceland. This time it is London that gets to sample the cooking of the north.
He is running a popup in London at the Carousel  for two weeks and is an event that should not be missed.

We shoot some images just before he left for him to have some images to show the dinners what to be expected and I am really a big fan of the combination of the rough and at the same time exquisite compositions both in flavour and looks that Gisli works with.
If you are a fan of nordic cooking or not, this is an flavour explosion you should not miss out on.

Here is a sample of the menu.
Dried Cod chips, caramilized whey butter and pickled seaweed.
Double smoked lamb with buttermilk and nutmeg.
Arctic char smoked in sheep’s dung, burnt flatbread, horseradish and roes ( yes you read that right, but it really tastes great 😉 ).
Lamb cured in arctic thyme with goat cheese and sunchokes.
Langoustine with seatruffles, dill and capelin roes
Cod head braised in chicken stock, sugarkelp and honey.
Lovage potato salat.
Skyr, oats and sorrel.
Kleina and caramilized whey custard

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Editorial in Gourmet

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The chefs and restaurants of Reykjavik is getting an increasing reputation both nationally and internationally and the magazine Gourmet decided to write about some of the golden nuggets you can find around town today and I had the pleasure to photograph it all. Swedish Gourmet  in in my opinion one of the best looking food magazines in the world and it is a pleasure to work with them.

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An Icelander in Texas

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The Icelandic chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson of Matur og Drykkur and Slippurinn is going west.

He is one of the nordic chefs that will cook with Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken at the promotional tour to US for his new The Nordic Cookbook by Phaidon.
I have had the pleasure of working with Gísli on a number of occasions and we decided to photograph some of the food he will be doing in US.
Gísli is a nerd in all the most positive meanings of the word, he can not stop thinking about food and are constantly sharpening his skills and palate.
The food he cooks is a very down to earth cooking but with a quality and ambition that is inspiring. Besides the fact that it is also very photogenic that makes my life as a photographer very easy.

Here is a bit more information about the tour from Dinner Lab.

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Sandholt Bakery

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I have for some time worked with the baker Asgeir Sandholt in Iceland and done both advertising and material among others for the up and coming new website www.sandholt.is.

Asgeir has embraced the whole idea of artisan baking and has for many years produced a range of wild yeast breads that are second to none.

We have tried to portray the staff and the atmosphere in the bakery for showing people that this level of breads and patisserie is only achievable with a massive effort of work, talent and persistence.

This is only some of the people that you might never see since many are working behind the scene but it has been a joy to photograph them and I hope to continue to do many more images there.

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Wow Air Magazine and chef Hrefna Saetran

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I was recently interviewed by the inflight magazine for the Icelandic Air Carrier WOW Air since they where doing a food issue and at the same time they asked me if I wanted to photograph the subject of the cover interview, the Icelandic chef Hrefna Saetran.
She is a very successful and talented chef running two of the most popular (and highest rated) restaurants in Reykjavik the Fish Market and the Grill Market.

Unusually I did not photograph any food, only portraits of her and her staff and since I am a sucker for classics and it is not that often you get that many chefs and restaurant staff in a room sitting down at the same time so I just had to do a Last Supper set up.
Here is also the link for the online version of the magazine and since I can not link to specific pages my interview is on page 31 and the interview with Hrefna is on page 41. WOW Air Magazine Online.

Here are some more images from the interview.
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