At the RBC Convention Centre, serving hundreds of identical, impeccable plates is all in a day’s work.
by Joelle Kidd
Clad in spick-and-span chefs’ whites and a towering toque blanche, chef Quentin Harty cuts an impressive figure. Kind, friendly, and professional, this executive chef wears decades of cooking experience on his sleeve. He knows the importance of good management.
His style, he says, is firm but fair. “There’s no room for error.”
Indeed, when hundreds, even thousands, of plates are leaving the kitchen under his supervision, Harty must be sure his crack team is operating at full capacity.
Recently I was honoured to be asked to help with the promotion of the Canada Summer Games, coming to Winnipeg in 2017. Their billed as hottest in a half century and to ensure we got into it, we shot on a very hot day! Everyone was great to work with, of course, and I look forward to the games!
The latest Ciao Magazine feature was on the cool burger joint Nuburger. The guys who own and operate the restaurant were a ton of fun to work with, definitely of the “Work Hard, Play Hard” mindset. As much goofing round you see here, they were very exacting about the food styling of their beloved and delicious burgers. As you can see here, it’s paid off, these burgers are as tasty as they look!
Shelley came by the studio the other day. I instantly loved the profile her cool haircut made. We also had a chance to get outside and shoot some stuff with my Petzval 58mm. It’s a cool lens that provides a neat look.
Recent shoot for CPA magazine featuring two Winnipeger’s who are from somewhere else and decided to pursue their dreams here… I’ve included a brief excerpt but encourage you to read the entire article
ADRIAN ONG, FINANCIAL ANALYST, PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA (WINNIPEG)
Although he owns a car, Adrian Ong takes the bus whenever he can. It’s a little luxury this Winnipeg resident never had in his former life, where he always felt unsafe on public transit. “When I’m riding on the bus here I feel happy because I’m not afraid anymore,” he says. Home used to be the Philippines, and while Ong had a good lifestyle and a successful career managing the finances for his family’s food-industry chain, security was becoming a major concern. “We had maids and a driver, but we couldn’t take transit or go out on our own,” he says, noting that on two occasions, he’d been poked in the neck with a sharp object by potential muggers when walking on the sidewalk. Years later his sister and brother-in-law would be brutally killed by robbers outside the factory they owned. “You don’t want to live in a world of paranoia as it’s not healthy for the heart and soul.”
ASIA YUFIT, ASSOCIATE MANAGER, FINANCIAL AND REPORTING PROCESSES, CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, GREAT-WEST LIFE ASSURANCE CO. (WINNIPEG)
Born in Siberia, Asia Yufit wasn’t concerned about the Winnipeg winters. But she and her husband, Mark, did worry about how they would provide for the two children they had uprooted from Israel to be here.
Yufit was pregnant with her first daughter and living in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city, when she and Mark started talking about relocating. “It was 2006 and the situation in our country wasn’t pleasant,” she says, still remembering the sound of rockets coming in from Lebanon. “It is one thing when you’re concerned only about yourself, but it is very different when there are children involved.”
I have such a great job, I get to meet so many interesting people. Nicole is one of those people. We worked together on several projects over the years, with Nicole doing hair and makeup on them. I finally decided one day I need to photograph her, and told her so!
Well it took a few years for that to finally happen. We’re both busy people! But I am so glad I finally had Nicole drop by the studio for a portrait. She is a wonderful person, incredible beautiful inside and out. As is always the case, when I have interesting people in the studio, I almost have to remember to take some photos, we just talk and talk…
The Petzval 58mm
Nicole allowed me to try out my new lens as well. The Petzval 58mm from Lomography. It isn’t a perfect lens and thats why I kinda like it! It create all sorts of weird aberrations and out of focus stuff!
from the website :
The New Petzval 58 Lens allows you to control the bokeh in your photos like never before. With each different bokeh level and aperture combination, you’ll get entirely different effects. Pick your Bokeh Control and Aperture Level here and discover your very own favorite combination for Petzval perfection
Recently I collaborated with Shel Zolkewich to shoot a series of food shots celebrating the menu of the Churchill Wild Lodge. Shel did the food styling and I did the photography.
The gang at Churchill Wild were fascinated with the process of assembling these shots and did a profile on Shel and I on their blog:
Hours and hours of work can go into one shot.
“Even longer if you have to pick the cranberries off the tundra,” said Zolkewich with a smile in her voice.
“You see a beautiful photo of food and you think it looks great and so appetizing,” continued Zolkewich. “Then you sort of delve into why it’s working for you and why it’s hitting all your triggers. What you think it might smell like or taste like. There are a hundred little details that may have gone into that one photo. Like scouring the cupboards of other people’s kitchens and my own searching for all kinds of props to make it work.”
Just a small sampling of portraits I did for the on-air personalties for 94.3 The Drive and QX104. Always fun to photograph the people who entertain and inform the public for a living, they bring so much to the shoot.
Getty Stewart came by for new photos for the new website. I’ve know Getty for a few years, seen her talk at TedX, and other presentations and she is one of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet. I wanted to make sure I captured the warm engaging smile she’s know for. We had a lot of fun doing these protracts.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery produced a series of behind the scenes videos of our Modern Day Heroes shoots. as you can see we had a lot of fun collaborating with these amazing people to find poses that spoke to their chosen abilities but also referenced some the concepts the ancient artists strived for in the work of Olympus.
recently I photographed in the legendary Rae & Jerry’s for Ciao magazine. Head chef Bill Georgakopoulos was very gracious and accommodating to the crew as they focused on the growth in the catering business. It’s always fun to spend time in this venerable institution