Hunters of Helmsley New Pie

Hunters of Helmsley in collaboration with Yorkshire Bakers and Ampleforth Abbey have produced a great new pie which is Slow roasted pork with fennel and Ampleforth Abbey Cider. I enjoyed photographing them and tasting one !!

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Jokkmokk Winter Market 2016

In Early February I visited Jokkmokk in the Arctic Circle to photograph the Jokkmokk Winter Market which is considered to have a four hundred-year unbroken tradition and is great fun especially the Reindeer Racing !!

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Gun Dog retrieving a Grouse

The moors at this time of the year are a glorious array of colour with the heather in full bloom, we had a session with Truffle the black Spaniel using her talents working to the gun.

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The Italian Dolomites

Just spent a week walking in the Italian Dolomites. It’s an area renowned for it’s 3000m jagged peaks of pale , heavily-eroded limestone that shoot up from green pastures and flower strewn meadows. Part of the is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the highlight being a circular walk around the world famous Tre Cime (The Three Peaks) three immense obelisks of sheer rock. The walk starts at the Rifugio Auronzo and you climb to around 2600m.

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Joe the Gentle Giant

Last Thursday on a sunny day in the historic city of Durham I met Joe with his owner Lynn and here are some of the images.

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A Walk On The South Bank

Had a great walk from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge on the south bank of the Thames last Sunday but before we started we visited a great food market .

Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey, South East London hosts a fabulous food market every Saturday and Sunday it is run out of the railway arches near Tower Bridge, artisan food and drink producers sell top quality produce and freshly prepared food with the stall holders more than happy to stop and talk about their produce.

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Delicious sourdough phatbreads fired in a glorious mobile wood fired oven aka The Phatmobile! Phatbreads are what they call the beautiful sourdough flatbreads adorned with fresh mouthwatering toppings. They are made with the best quality flour from Marriage’s, fantastic organic veg and eggs from Sarah Green Organics and Brambletye Fruit Farm. Top quality cured meats and cheese from Tozino and Black Hand Food, and outstanding fresh meat from Turner and George. What makes them so delicious is the slow fermentation of the sourdough (at least 24 hours), lots of vigorous kneading, good quality flour and cooking them in the blistering hot wood fired oven.

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Chef Grant Hawthorne produces award-winning, premium Mozambique-style Peri Peri sauces and marinades, with a selection of street food to showcase their versatility such as pulled pork, chicken Prego rolls, prawns and burgers.

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The Arctic Circle

Since the new year I have been working in the Arctic Circle for a commercial client who owns an Hotel and is developing a winter sports and winter experience at the top of the world.The Rally Driving Experience is with the Swedish World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist and the other activities include Dog Sledging, Snow Mobiles, Skiing and 4×4 driving in the snow.

I spent a great deal of time photographing the dog sledging and the wild Reindeer which was a great experience and I can’t wait to have a go with my own team of dogs !!.

The food at the hotel is exceptional and includes Reindeer fillet and Arctic Chard which are from local sources and all the dishes are created by the chef Joel Forsman.

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Food Photographer of the Year 2015

Well last night was great fun I attended the Pink Lady Apples International Food Photography Competition prize giving in London and came away as Food Photographer Of The Year 2015 (food bloggers)!! So this was my image and below are the comments made by the broadcaster and chair of the judges Jay Rayner who also presented the prize.

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These loaves of sourdough bread look very similar to meringues – with the baker in the background, his job done. It’s old fashioned artisanal cooking, The loaves look as though they have been knitted.” (Food Bloggers: Michael Nowill – Handmade)

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The Competition this year attracted almost 7000 entries from 159 counties around the world so I feel fantastic that one of my images has made the grade !!

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Rose and James at The Priory Cottages

On saturday I covered a wedding at the Priory Cottages west of York for a wonderful couple called Rose and James who travelled from overseas to tie the knot in Yorkshire. It was a privilege to be part of their lovely day and meet their friends and families. Lots of fun and I wish them all the best for the future. Awesome dress and shoes !! well done Rose .