Whenever I’m hired to take food shots in a working kitchen, I am always in awe of the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to run a kitchen. Chefs work the sort of hours that would make most of us weep, and this dedication is never more obvious than at the opening of a new restaurant, something that takes months to put together and sees the chefs practically sleeping under their ovens in order to be ready on time.  It takes a dedication approaching lunacy to embark on this as a career, yet time after time I meet the funniest, most creative and generous people slaving away in white jackets and loving every overheated, exhausting minute of their long days.

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This week I was in the kitchen of the team behind Birch Catering, 24 hours before they opened the doors of their new Stroud restaurant “Dinner at Six”.  I was treated to dish after dish of beautiful looking food to photograph, (and also far too many bad jokes and worse singing …) .  

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The days of angry, arrogant chefs who swear at their staff and throw the odd knife at the kitchen porter appear to be long gone. Long live the new breed, I think the food tastes better when it’s made in a kitchen full of happy banter, and if that’s true then Dinner at Six is looking like its going to be a huge success.

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