It all started with portrait photography. We didn't restrict our models in their choice of clothing or accessories. Some wanted a portrait in their chef's uniform, others brought items that showcased their interests beyond the kitchen, and some even brought their pets to our studio.
Many of our heroes were photographed on large-format film (ranging from 4x5" to 8x10"). This type of photography was unfamiliar to them. During the moments of focusing and loading film into the camera, the model lost eye contact with the photographer, but still had to maintain their gaze and pose. Unlike digital photography, the results weren't immediately visible. The number of shots was limited due to the high cost of film materials, and the final photographs were printed manually without digital retouching. However, all our heroes turned out to be supermodels, and we were able to capture the shots we had envisioned.
We prepared the dishes from the recipes ourselves in the studio, which posed a unique challenge for us, as it required some professional culinary skills. It was also a challenge for the chefs, as they had to present the recipes in a way that anyone, regardless of their culinary expertise, could follow them. Some chefs provided us with technical dish cards, and we had to translate them into a format suitable for a book. All the dishes in the book were strictly prepared according to the recipes, and we purchased the ingredients ourselves, so you can confidently replicate our experience.