It's a classic look to get the chef serving up at the pass but the one thing about the pass that can be seen in the picture above and below is that the heat lamps that keep the food warm throw out intense light. Accordingly, if you shoot high to avoid the lamps, the chef's face disappears behind the pass also. Shoot low to get the chef and the heat lams swamp the camera with unwanted light. There's only a few degrees where the shot works and you hope that it comes together, like the chef's strong expression in the topmost picture or the plating action in the above picture.
They really are a fantastic bunch at The Three Chimneys and while it barely on anyone's doorstep, if you have the opportunity to eat there, it's well worth a visit. Both the people and the food are just wonderful. Their passion really came through the in the pictures and more can be seen in the Gallery section on this site.
Jonray and Peter's achievement this year was to win the Waitrose Good Food Guide chef of the year award. In turn this led to significant media interest in them and with Waitrose having their own magazine of course and Olive Magazine also wanting to do a profile of them, they asked if they could use my pictures in both. They are such fantastic guys I was more than happy to help.
Go for lunch rather than dinner though and much of these problems can be avoided (but not always). In the breakfast egg picture below, the light was about as good as it ever gets in a restaurant and diffuse sunlight through a window provided for a marvelous back-light which shines through the thin bacon crisp wonderfully.
While the breakfast egg is a spring dish, come winter, a chocolate dessert based upon the forest floor gives some theatricality with dry ice, always making for a good picture.