SENSE OF FOOD

 

 

SEnse of food

 

Cooking, styling and photography master-class

with ilian and Elitza

 

You will cook, shoot and eat, you will study how to cook special dishes, some styling tricks and how to create amazing food pictures. 

Enjoying your stay in some beautiful big houses in France you have the chance to improve your food styling and photography skills. We will style what we eat, and eat what we photograph.

With camera or mobile phone during the course you will acquire essential skills, such as working with natural light, styling and propping, composition, postproduction editing and much more. You will learn how to see the light and food differently and develop your own style.

This course offers a unique chance to learn food photography from Ilian, award winning food photographer and stylist. He has over 30 years’ experience working in editorial and commercial projects specializing in food styling and photography.

BIOGRAPHY

 

ILIAN ILIEV

 

ilian began his career in photography as a news photographer before moving to London and starting a new career in commercial photography, developing his own unique style, balancing commercial appeal with an acutely artistic eye. He has over 30 year’s experience working in editorial and commercial projects specialising in food styling and photography, both locally and internationally. He shoots from his Cambridge based kitchen studio. His clients are companies such Mornflakes, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University, Manchester University, Hamlyns of Scotland, Bäkehaus, Lacrima, Felicini Restaurants, Cherry Tree Bakery, Metropolitan Hotel, Casino Flamingo-F, AstraZeneca. His work appears in Waitrose food, BBC GoodFood, Olive, FOUR, Culinary Artist, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer and The Rock magazines.

ilian teaches food styling and photography at HRC Culinary Academy and also does food styling and photography master classes across the globe.

He has published three cookery books all awarded with Gourmand Best in the World Certificate.

ilian also has more than ten solo photo exhibitions, the most successful ones are:

1998 “Old Houses” – Sofia 

1999 “War in Kosovo” – Sofia

2000 “Mount ATHOS” – Sofia, London, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Warsaw, Bratislava and Plovdiv

2004 “Ballet Portraits” – Sofia

2012 “Edible Art” – London, Moscow, Manchester, St. Petersburg, Sofia

2017 “Vegan Art” – Denmark, China

 

CHEF ELITZA BOZHINOVA

 

Bulgarian born Elitza graduated in Sofia and started her career in professional cooking, gaining experience in some of the finest international hotel chains as a chef confectioner. Whilst at the Hilton, Park Hotel Moscow, she became a member of the Bulgarian national culinary team as well as a member of the board of the Bulgarian Association of professional chefs. She has competed in culinary
competitions all over the world, gaining not only medals but also a reputation as an artist and perfectionist. In 2010 she was established her own business brand Dark & Milk Ltd., a boutique chocolate and cakes shop where she prepares a variety of exquisite handmade chocolate creations. Each product is made by hand in the studio of Elitza and bears her signature on pedantry, rigor, beauty and love. 

 

Some of her accomplishments include:

2007 - Diploma for its individual performance in the category of modern dessert "Kremlin Kulinary Cup“ in Moscow

2007 - Bronze medal at the International Culinary Festival Istanbul restaurant for dessert.

2008 - Bronze medal and diploma for miniature for the team and participate in the discipline Grand Prix Istanbul. 

2008 - 2 bronze medals and 2 diplomas as part of the National Team of Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. 

2010 - Bronze medal as part of the National team in the World Competition in Luxembourg - Villeroy & Boch Culinary Word Cup

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1

 

Arrival at the villa 

 

17:00 – 17:30    Welcome drink

17:30 – 18:30    Talk ilian iliev, my style and approach to food styling and photography

19:00                 Welcome dinner - Dishes from around the world with chef Elitza

 

Day 2

 

8.30                  Breakfast - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

9:30 – 10:30     Food photography equipment, camera settings, lighting / ilian

10:30 – 11:30     Photo shoot – bowl of fresh fruit / ilian

12.00 – 14:00    Lunch - light salad with fresh fish

15:00 – 16:00    Learn about lighting / ilian

16:00 – 17:00    Photo shoot - biscuits, croissants and coffee / ilian & Elitza 

17:00 – 18:00    Postproduction, pictures we have shot today and free time / ilian

18:00 – 19:00    Cooking with Elitza 

19:30                 Dinner 

 

Day 3

 

8.30                   Breakfast - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

9:30 - 16.30       Trip to La Rochelle and lunch out

17:00 – 18:00    Postproduction, pictures we have shot today and free time / ilian

18:00 – 19:00    Cooking diner with chef Elitza - French night 

19:30                  Dinner

 

Day 4

 

8.30                  Breakfast - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

9:30 – 10.00     Styling and composition - talk

10.00 – 11:30    Dessert decoration with Elitza and photo shoot / ilian

12.00 - 14.00    Lunch - pickled vegetables, salad and bbq chicken

15:00 – 16:00  Photos shoot - styling techniques, different styles of plating and serving / ilian

16:00 – 18:00  Postproduction, pictures we have shot in the morning and final review of students work / ilian

18:00 – 19:00  Cooking dinner Elitza

19:30                Dinner 

 

 

 

Day 5

 

 

8.30                 Breakfast - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

9.30 - 16.30.    Trip to vineyard and lunch out

16.30 - 18.00   Postproduction, pictures we have shot today / ilian

18.00 - 19.00   Cooking with Elitza

19.30.               Dinner


Day 6

 

 

8:30                 Breakfast - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

9.30  - 12.00    Photo shoot - caramel / ilian & Elitza

12.00 - 14.00   Lunch served - fresh soup and fresh bread

15.00 - 17.00.  Photo shoot - styling techniques, different styles of plating and serving / ilian

17.00 - 18.00   Postproduction, pictures we have shot today and free time / ilian

18.00 - 19.00   Helping chef Elitza to make the gala dinner, 7 course meal

19.30                Dinner and final review of students work / ilian

 

 

Day 7

 

8.30                Breakfast served - Classic French (croissant, pain au chocolat, yoghurt and fruit salad)

Transfer to airport

 

DATES AND PRICES

 

 

DATES: 26th September - 2nd October 2018

 

£999 per person based on two sharing a room

or

£1999 FOR A ROOM SINGLE OCCUPANCY

 

WE HAVE THREE ENSUITES AND 6 ROOMS WITH SHARED BATHROOMS

 

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

 

INCLUSIVE OF ALL FOOD AND DRINKS AT THE VILLA, TRANSFERS AND EXCURSIONS

MEALS OUT, TRAVEL, MEDICAL AND PERSONAL INSURANCE NOT INCLUDED

 

MENU SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL PRODUCE

 

Required equipment:

 

Mandatory - Mobile phone camera, DSLR or mirrorless camera

Suggested  - Having a Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Optional - Additional lenses will be an advantage, tripod, camera remote switch, laptop, photo editing software will be helpful