Food Porn Awards 2017 – Behind The Scenes

After the success of last year’s Food Porn Awards, WhiteNoise have returned as event sponsor this year. Having seen some of the North’s top chefs compete in the cook-off stages, we got our production assistant Chantal to give us a behind the scenes look at the 2017 awards…

Showcasing the best of the very best, I’m here in Leeds at ‘Get Cooking’ cookery school to document the behind the scenes of the Food Porn Awards 2017.

Food fanatics and food pornographers from the North West and Yorkshire are competing against each other to create the best, tongue tingling and satisfying culinary dishes.

Whether you have a pop-up bistro, are a restaurant owner or run a pub, the Food Porn Awards is the place to be. Entry is free – all you have to do is send in an image of your food where it will be judged by industry experts and shortlisted candidates entered into the final cook-off stage.

Looking at some of the finalists here in Leeds from the Yorkshire area, you can soon see why they have been selected by the judges due to their impressive culinary skills. My job was to document the whole day by filming behind the scenes of what goes on when competing in the Food Porn Awards. I was able to watch each cook arrive, set up and begin creating their delicious dishes.

Accompanying WhiteNoise Media were STM Photography, STM Social, ReFresh PR and food stylist Clover Huston.

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The whole day was a whirlwind of events which I absolutely loved. At WhiteNoise we always make it our number one priority when working with people to make them feel at ease as we are the first point of contact with individuals due to us filming the event. To all of them, this is a very important aspect within their career to present a dish that they absolutely adore, are proud to produce and hopefully be acknowledged of their adventurous creation. It was lovely to see that the awards meant so much to each eatery, as we saw each one make their way into the cookery school with family members, colleagues and friends for general support.

While the cooks made it to their stations and began cooking in front of their friends and family there was a certain buzz around the room. It made not just myself but every person watching this feel exhilarated and somewhat electrified. It definitely lived up to the meaning of what food porn means in terms of awakening the senses and getting people excited about the dish.

When the cooking finished, food stylist Clover Huston and STM Photography whipped the plates from the kitchen and set them aside in their designated backdrops, ready to be photographed by the team. It was fascinating to see behind the scenes of how food photography works, and the techniques they use to enhance and style these gorgeous dishes. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a poached egg being cut open to ooze bright orange yolk trailing down the plate.

After each dish was freshly prepared I noticed each member from each company eyeing up the food ready to dive in. I made it my mission to always have a piece of cutlery ready for when I needed to pounce to taste these delicious dishes!

Unfortunately you won’t be able to see the end products until early March, where the Judges reveal a winner of the Food Porn Awards at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show.

In the meantime here’s a little look behind the scenes:

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