SENSE OF FOOD

 

 

SEnse of food

 

Cooking, styling and photography master-class

with ilian and Vlady

 

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

lian iliev 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 publishers, magazines, hotels, restaurants and food companies such Mornflakes, Felicini Restaurants, Hamlyns of Scotland, Bäkehaus, Lacrima, Cherry Tree Bakery, Metropolitan Hotel, Casino Flamingo-F, Cosmos Holidays, AstraZeneca, Manchester University. His work appears in Waitrose food, BBC GoodFood, Olive, FOUR, Culinary Artist, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer and The Rock magazines. 


ilian also teaches food styling and food photography at HRC Culinary Academy and runs private workshops for small groups and one to one lessons. 


He has published two cookery books both are awarded with Gourmand Best in the World Certificate. His latest cookbook is released this year and called  "The Bulgarian Chefs" - Shortlisted for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2018. This book represents the twenty top Bulgarian chefs with contemporary Bulgarian recipes.


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 VLADY

 

Bulgaria Born Chef Vlady has almost 10 years of culinary experience, he is one of the youngest and fastest growing chefs in the country. He worked with some of the most renowned Chefs in the Bulgaria and climbed his career up as the Executive Chef of restaurant Corso, one of the biggest and posh restaurants in Sofia downtown.

Over the years Vlady traveled around the world and he has worked in renowned restaurants in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, America. 

While working in all those different places Vlady developed his unique style of cooking and preparing food, he mixes Asian flavors with European dishes and adds them the comfort from the southern American cuisine.

Chef Vlady is professionally educated, he graduated the professional high school of tourism in his home town Ruse and HRC Culinary Academy in Sofia, currently Vlady is visiting lecturer and an assistant Chef instructor in HRC Culinary Academy.

2015 he competed in the “ACF AND WORLD CHEFS CULINARY SALON’ competition which took place in Virginia, USA. He won first place and a golden medal in the student’s category.

2016 Vlady was awarded ‘Chef of the year” in his home country of Bulgaria.

In the same year he was selected to be part of the National Culinary Team of Bulgaria, witch competed at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt; Germany and the team came back with bronze medal.

Some of the things that Vlady likes the most is making bread and cooking for friends, because cooking means caring and if you care for someone this is one of the ways to show it to them.

  

ITINERARY

 

Day 1

 

arriving 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 Vlady

 

Day 2

 

07:00 – 09: Breakfast- Classic breakfast buffet + range of sandwiches, house made lemonade, juices, house made bread with chef Vlady

09:30 – 10:30 food photography equipment, camera settings, lighting / ilian

10:30 – 11:30 photo-shoot – freshly baked cookies and milk / ilian

11:30 – 15:00 lunch- the family meal with chef Vlady

15:00 – 16:00 photo-shoot - local fruits and vegetables…/ ilian

16:00 – 17:00 styling techniques diferent styles of plating and serving / ilian & Vlady 

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

18:00 – 19:00 cooking with Vlady - BBQ party food

19:30 dinner 

 

Day 3

 

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast- Classic breakfast buffet + range of sandwiches, house made lemonade, juices, house made bread with chef Vlady

09:30 – 10:30 composition, styling and propping / ilian

10:30 – 11:30 photo-shoot – Comfort food / ilian

11:30 – 15:00 for lunch cook and eat Balkan peninsula Cuisine

15:00 – 16:00 photo-shoot – dessert / ilian

16:00 – 18:00 postproduction, pictures we have shot today and free time / ilian

18:00 – 19:00 cooking diner with chef Vlady- French night 

19:30 dinner

 

Day 4

 

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast- Classic breakfast buffet + range of sandwiches, house made lemonade, juices, house made bread with chef Vlady

09:30 – 11:30 mobile phone camera, apps, shooting - coffee table…/ ilian

11:30 – 15:00 lunch - Pasta, pizza and risotto

15:00 – 16:00 Desert decorations with Vlady and photo-shoot / ilian

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

18:00 – 19:00 Helping chef Vlady to make the Final gala dinner, 7 course meal 

19:30 – dinner and final review of students work / ilian

 

 

Day 5

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast- Classic breakfast buffet + range of sandwiches, house made lemonade, juices, house made bread with chef Vlady

 

Transfer to airport

 

DATES AND PRICES

 

 

DATES: TUES 17TH APRIL - 21ST APRIL 2018

 

£1199 (participants) PRIVATE BATHROOM

£1799 (2 participants sharing) PRIVATE BATHROOM

£399 (non-participants)

£1099 (participant) shared bathroom

£1499 (2 participants) shared bathroom

£499 (small single) shared bathroom

 

 

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

ANY MEALS OUT WILL BE A SMALL SUPPLEMENT OF £20

 

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