A couple of months back, I had the opportunity of working with a local cooking studio: Heav'nly Taste. I was very excited at the opportunity especially since I had seen the amazing work that Charlene had been doing on social media. She's an amazing chef and I was eager for a chance to work with her. After connecting in person and setting a date for a shoot, I was excited to pick up my camera and get flashin'. I must warn you, the images that you are about to view ... will get you hungry :)
Heav'nly Taste is a lifestyle brand that focuses on creating culinary techniques. In an established cooking studio, people go and get inspired to create art with food using locally sourced ingredients. These lessons are personalized to the individual by working with products that one already has in their pantry. They give a spin to your everyday cooking by giving it a gourmet feel, which gives individuals the confidence to become their own Master Chef.
The Starters ...
A variety of starters were colourfully presented on the tables. I like the fact that they were made from simple ingredients. The outcome and taste was amazing, I must say that I simply loved her creativity. These cheesy brochettes were made of bread that had been topped with various ingredients such as red pepper, onion, bacon and cheese. How simple is that?! The taste was divine ...
As the day progressed, I observed Charlene whip up this potato chips snack with barely no effort and in so little time. For the parents out there, you know how important it is to come up with a hearty and healthy meal in no time! I promised to introduce these chips to my little ones once I saw how easy it was to make these. Charlene easily created this snack by thinly slicing potatoes and frying them. She served them with a homemade dip that is bursting with tons of delicious flavours that leave you wanting more.
Lets take a minute and behold these 'Salmon Open Sammie's' (sigh) are they not a sight to behold?! The salmon tasted as divinely as it looked! I appreciated taking these images because I not only got the shots but Charlene also ensured that I was tasting all the food as well (perks! am I right?). So I am not only visually displaying the amazing food, but I can testify to the fact that the food tasted heavenly as well!
The Entrées ...
The entrées did not disappoint. I personally find it appetizing when I see a colourful meal. Look at this 'chicken stir fry with a twist' as Charlene calls it! I like how she mixed different veggies with chicken to come up with this lovely combo. I simply could not help capturing as many images in as many angles as I possibly could take to ensure that you had a true representation of her artistry on a plate!
This Poached egg salad is a healthy number for all health conscious people. I liked how she throws down simple ingredients on a plate and gets this amazing sophisticated finished look. Doesn't this look fancy? I personally would try this out.
The Breakfast in a bun burger, filled with meat, cheese, lettuce, bacon and onions is enough to give one the boost to get the day going.
Now this Amarula chicken with okra salad got me hungry! I loved how she infused the chicken with Amarula then garnished it with okra salad! I mean I would never have thought of an okra salad! Her ingenuity is in full display not only in her ingredient choice but also in their combination.
The Desserts ...
All the desserts that you see can be found at your local grocery store. How inviting does this Breakfast Parfait look? This was made with cereal, yoghurt, strawberries, kiwi and raisins. Creativity does come this easy folks and you too can have these creations in your very own homes!
I'm not much of a sweet tooth but this cake was exactly the best way to end the day. I loved how moist the cake was. The entire room was filled with the smell of chocolate, and all I needed after the long shoot was my cup of ginger tea and a nap. I can truly say that I enjoyed my time at Heavn'ly Taste!
I learned a couple of things during that shoot:
1. making a meal should not be very complicated
2. we can all enjoy a fine dining experience right from the comfort of our homes!
Last but certainly not least ... the tablescape
Now this my friends is what you call a spread! This is how you set a table that verges on #instaperfection!
As with all my client highlights, a shoot is never considered complete without a client profile! Folks, meet the talented chef Charlene! She did an outstanding job! I highly recommend her to anyone interested in taking their culinary skills to the next level or if you would like someone to cater your next event!
I surely enjoyed my time capturing these images and watching Charlene put so much love and effort into her creations. As I plan my next event I am keeping her number in my back pocket as not only a go-to for inspiration but also as one of my favorite chef and hosts!
For aspiring Master chefs or individuals who appreciate good food, feel free to get in touch with Charlene.
Phone: +263 785 679 464