Foie gras and photography

France is crazy about food (surprise, surprise) and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of events across the country dedicated to chefs and fancy cuisine. One day, someone thought, “hey, what about those awesome guys (and girls) that take the mouth-watering photos?” and that’s how the idea for the Food Photography Festival was born. From the 8th to the 26th of November, food and photography lovers can visit exhibits, take classes and enter competitions. Unfortunately, this food photography lover didn’t find out about the festival until the last weekend, but luckily, there was still one class left.

I went to Atelier 750g on Sunday to take part in four hours of cooking and snapping pictures. The Atelier is actually the offshoot of an online recipe site and print magazine called 750g. As you may know, I’m more of an eater than a cooker, but I actually found a few recipes that even I may be able to make. The atelier is also a place for food bloggers to get together and whip something thing up.

When we arrived Sunday, we were a little group of 4, plus the chef and photographer (brothers) and the photographer’s assistant. The theme of the festival is Luxe et Fête (Luxury and Celebration?), so in keeping with the theme, the class centered around foie gras (nom nom nom!!!). We learned different ways to cook it and even left with a little jar to bring home.

So without further ado, here’s a little glimpse into the class: