Chef Angelo Sosa came over to our studio for a long, but very fun and rewarding, 7-hour shoot. Angelo has worked with the amazing photographer Jeremy Johnson in the past, and decided to have him do the food photography for Social Eatz – a comfort food restaurant featuring hamburgers, tacos, ribs, sandwiches and salads, all Asian inspired. And VERY yummy!
I am especially excited since everything is over a “5″ rating in terms of how the meats are humanely raised, organic and processed for his restaurant. Angelo has a higher standard than Whole Foods meats. I was very impressed as I only buy humanely raised, non GMO, etc.
Social Eatz is Angelo’s second restaurant opening, of many more to come. He’s also started on a biography/recipe book. Jeremy will be traveling with Angelo to Asia for 10 days in April to get great shots for the book. Maybe I can tag along.
So back to the photoshoot … Angelo brought his sous chef, and marketing and web design team. My job was to assist the photographer and help make the food look tasty on the plating. We propped ribs on top of styrofoam, and glazed leaves with oil using my makeup brushes. Numerous Q-tips and toothpicks were used. Angelo called the shoot very intense and said he saw me doing more of this! (LOL, I work intensely and am a perfectionist!)
The best part was, extra food was made so we could snack in between plates being shot. And not because I’m biased, but Angelo’s food is so amazing! One of his glazes for ribs has coffee in it. Who would’ve thought?
There will be a few events in the next couple weeks before the grand opening – an opening party at Social Eatz with all the cast from Top Chef All Stars, which Jeremy will be covering and networking; and a family and friends dinner that we’ll be attending but not working! We’ll be sure to post pictures from those events. Life is great in the foodie world!
Be sure to watch Angelo on Bravo’s highest-rated television series, Wednesday nights, 9 pm EST. I can’t tell you the results, so you’ll have to watch the rest of the season!
P.S. My fridge was left stocked with Asian hamburgers, ribs, special sauces, cheeses, and freshly ground spices.