Recipes, stories and photographs
There is an abundance of amazing photographers out there in the world, but one of my favorite food photographers has to be David Loftus. A few weeks ago I saw him posting something on Instagram about the release of his latest book he helped shoot: The Masters at Home. Knowing his work I knew it would once again be a masterpiece so I went to have a look straight away and loved the whole idea of the book so much I decided to pick it as my book tip of the month for August.
The book focusses on the lives at home of famous chefs like Jamie Oliver, Curtis Stone and Gordon Ramsey. They share an insight into their homes (with photos taken on iPhones), along with their favorite recipes they cook at home and personal anecdotes.
Ever wondered what chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Jamie Oliver and Bill Granger love to cook when they are in their own kitchen? Away from the intensity and heat of restaurant service, what food makes them happiest on a weekend off? 33 globally renowned chefs have each shared three recipes for their favourite weekend treats in this special MasterChef collection of food at home.
The fascinating background of each chef is explored and accompanying candid snapshots from their home life provide a unique, never-seen-before window into their world. Such an intimate showcase of chefs’ private cooking is artistically captured by the legendary photographer David Loftus. This unprecedented and innovative cookbook is distinctive in style and substance; a ground-breaking masterpiece for the new MasterChef book series.
Chefs featured include: Ferran Adria, Andoni Aduriz, Michael Anthony, Elena Arzak, Jason Atherton, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Claude Bosi, Massimo Bottura, Claire Clark, Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliot, Andrew Fairlie, Peter Gilmore, Peter Gordon, Bill Granger, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Tom Kitchin, Atul Kochhar, Pierre Koffmann, Jamie Oliver, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Neil Perry, Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Joan and Jordi Roca, Ruth Rogers, Curtis Stone, David Thompson, Mitch Tonks and Tetsuya Wakuda.
About David Loftus
Award-winning, influential and internationally acclaimed, David Loftus’ photographs for the books of Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo, Gennaro Contaldo, Elizabeth David and April Bloomfield have brought food to life for millions of people. For over 20 years, David has photographed over 100 books including all but one of Jamie Oliver’s international best-sellers. He has also directed television commercials including one of the most successful food ads of all time, for UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.
His work with Jamie Oliver alone has resulted in international book sales in excess of 30 million copies. There can be few people with any interest in food who have not at some time looked hungrily at David’s pictures of Jamie’s food and not been immediately inspired to cook.
In addition to his food photography, David has also shot fashion, portraits, landscapes and reportage for the likes of Red magazine, Traveller, Soho House, Collette Dinnigan, India Hicks and Pippa Middleton. He works closely with the digital photographic brand Hipstamatic and has developed the most successful downloadable camera pack to date – the “Loftus Lens”.
His stripped-back, fuss-free style of photography has won David numerous awards over the years including European Portrait &
Garden Photographer of the Year and David is now a judge on Garden Photographer and Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2010, Professional Photographer magazine named David the 65th most influential photographer of all time.