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#Foodographynz - A dinner to practice your food styling skills 

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#Foodographynz winning shot by Gemma Miles.

Fifty excited future food stylists joined us for our first #Foodographynz Dinner. The art of taking good food photos on your phone is an area we've been wanting to share for some time. Social media and especially Instagram has given a whole new opportunity to celebrate and bring alive glorious ingredients, meals, colourful cocktails and even artistic coffees enjoyed at home or when you are out and about.

 Foodography presentation

The programme started with a short presentation covering tips on phone photo techniques, lighting and food styling. Everyone then split into groups to rotate around the various food stations.

Foodography Handout

 Selecting ingredients2

The separate stations for each course with fresh and cooked condiments had been prepared by our chefs for the participants to select and style their dish. Condiments ranged from coriander leaves and bean shoots to edible flowers and coffee caviar.

 Food styling group + Sue

Participants worked as a pair and could bring along their favourite plates to personalise their dish or use our classic white crockery selection.

 Foodography plating

ON the phone

Participants had 20 minutes at each station to style, snap and upload their dish before moving to the next station.

Guest sitting at Foodog

There was also time to enjoy the dishes over a glass of outstanding New Zealand wines. 

Looking at photos

A panel of judges then reviewed all the photos and selected three finalists for each course. The finalist were then presented to the group. A show of hands determined the winning shot. Tony Stewart, owner of Clooney Restaurant has kindly donated the prize of a gastronomic dinner for two at Clooney Restaurant.

Lots of fun and laughs and some truly mouth-watering photos showing impressive creativity.

You can view more of the photos here

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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