Time Out Burger Wars issue photos

For the June issue of Time Out Sydney they staged a burger showdown, where six of Sydney’s top chefs prepared their burger for a blind taste test from a panel of six restaurant critics.

It was hosted at Rockpool Bar and Grill and i set up a bit a mobile studio to shoot the chefs and their burgers in one of the private dining rooms.

Becasse review

As well as the burgers i got to sample some fine dining fare at the new Bécasse restaurant in the revamped Westfield in the city.

Menya Mappen review

I also shot Menya Mappen in the city in a guerrilla style shoot.

When photographing for reviews i always call ahead to the restaurant asking to come in and take photos. It’s done separately to the writer, they remain anonymous and the restaurant doesn’t know they’re being reviewed till after it’s done and the first they read of it is in the magazine.

But when i asked to shoot Menya Mappen they said i couldn’t have permission to take photos unless they read the review and approved it first. That’s a big no no, so i just had to visit and photograph undercover. So like anyone i lined up for my food, ordered and ate while taking a few sneaky snapshots while no one was looking.

Bankstown food tour
David Wenham, photographed on the roof of the Hotel Hollywood
Theatre director Iain Sinclair

I photographed director Iain Sinclair to accompany his new play Rope which is playing at Bondi Pavilion.

I also took some shots of the cast for an online feature.

The cast of Rope
Actress Maeve Dermody in the dressing room at Belvoir Theatre