Food Porn

sous vide food photography

Surf & Turf

Sometimes things just work perfectly, the planets align and good fortune smiles upon you. As a food photographer, I am at the mercy of the chef – bad chef = crap photos, no matter what kind of tricky lighting and Photoshop skills you have. A great chef gives you the plate shown here.  Chef Michael Brough from the Four Seasons in Costa Rica created this study in simplicity and perfection, riffing on the classic surf and turf and bringing to the party the finest piece of beef that can be prepared. The meat is cooked sous-vide style, a technique developed by Thomas Keller from the French Laundry. Sous vide cooking involves seasoning and searing the beef, vacuum packing it, and cooking it at a controlled temperature for several hours. The result of all of this is sublime, and superior to conventional cooking methods. In the wake of this recent “molecular cooking” trend, the real winner is sous vide, it is just that superior. I believe that the foams and the sodium alginate pearls will fade away with the standing rib roast of yesterday, but my grandchildren will cook with their meat in vacuum bags.

For the photograph I used natural lighting from the 12:00 position, a gridded strobe in a beauty dish above, a large softbox at 9:00, and a mirror kicking a focused beam of natural light on the face of the beef. Processed from RAW in CS5 and NIK.

Camera: D3 with a Carl Zeiss 100mm ZF.2 Macro Planar.

Lights: Broncolor

One Response to “Food Porn”

  1. sandie ward says:

    Just arrived at Four Seasons Costa Rica….Foodie gal from Cali..already have call in to meet Michael Bough and hopefully document and shoot a bit of video preparing something…..LOVE your work……excellent! Sandie Ward

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