I have recently been doing some food photography for The Key Room, a social enterprise of Homeward Bound of Marin, which helps builds employment skills for people moving out of homelessness through culinary training at their Fresh Starts Culinary Academy.
The Key Room maintains an event space which offers catering as well as great cooking classes like the one I attended with Aida Mollenkamp. Since then, I’ve also had the opportunity to attend cooking classes by Michelin Star Chef Michael Mina and award-winning cookbook author Chef Joyce Jue.
I was asked to help shoot some of their food for their website. I had a great time working with the staff and students, who are an extremely generous and gracious group of people, eager to learn, grow and help each other and the community.
It was so much fun taking photos both in the kitchen while the food was being prepped and prepared, as well as after when it was plated. The kitchen was a flurry with different dishes being prepared simultaneously. There was such a great energy there that it made me realize that the cooking part is what truly excites me about food photography.
The food tasted as good as it looked — plus I got to take one of these delicious apple tarts home. One of the great perks of being a food photographer!
If you live in Marin, please consider taking one of their cooking classes. The proceeds of these classes directly benefit the homeless, and the classes are a fun evening out with friends. You can see more photos from The Key Room shoot on my Food Photography page.