A Culinary Trip to Asia

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Students Prepare Asian Cuisine

The culinary sights and smells of Asia still linger in my mind, not to mention my lens.
I recently accepted an invitation to photograph the talented culinary students of The Art Institute of Salt Lake as they spent the better part of their Thursday evening exploring the flavors and ingredients of Asia.

After a lecture, discussion of recipes, lots of culinary preparation and time cooking in the kitchen, the students prepared for the inevitable on-the-spot critique by Chef. As the tasting progressed, I realized that unlike photographers, painters, film makers and animators, culinary students do not have the luxury of time. There’s no revision. No final tweaking. The creation process must culminate in a prescribed period of time. Or else…
I photographed on two separate evenings. Night one focused on the action in the kitchen. Night two we set up a small lighting set and photographed plates quickly before final critique. I’ve included only a select few of my favorite photographs here. There’s many more on my website to inspire your own cooking adventures. Enjoy.

Culinary Photo Gallery

One culinary student begins preparing duck.
One culinary student begins preparing duck.
Stirring a mixture of soy sauce, onions and spices.
Stirring a mixture of soy sauce, onions and spices.
Cutting blocks of tofu into small cubes.
Cutting blocks of tofu into small cubes.
Prepared tofu dish with scallions.
Prepared tofu dish with scallions.
I enjoyed watching the level of concentration and dexterity to fold these packets just so.
I enjoyed watching the level of concentration and dexterity to fold these packets just so.
Beautiful shrimp appetizer dish.
Beautiful shrimp appetizer dish.
A nicely plated pork dish with rice and sauce.
A nicely plated pork dish with rice and sauce.
Bud-like tea packets bloom slowly when steeped.
Bud-like tea blooms slowly when steeped.

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