Hi, I’m José, a scientist turned pastry chef, turned food photographer, recipe developer and all round healthy foodie, based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Food is my passion and desserts, in particular, have always had a special place in my heart. These days, however, they’re more likely to be the nutrient-dense, plant-based variety. Something dairy, gluten and refined sugar free, often raw and ideally organic. The best part about these types of dessert is they actually add to your health rather than take away, which means you can literally have your cake and eat it too!
I use natural light and minimal styling to capture the true beauty of my subject. Through beautiful photography I hope to inspire you to try new recipes and incorporate more plant-based, whole foods into your diet.
I have a BMLSc, pgDipForensics, am a graduate of Leith’s School of Food & Wine (London, U.K), the Westminster Kingsway Patisserie Scholarship, and Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. After working in a number of fine dining establishments in both London and Auckland (including one of Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin starred), I now consult on various culinary projects, provide styling and photographic work, and create all the content for swoon food.
Some agencies and brands I have worked with to date include: Shine, Ebisu, Kapiti, Difference Design Group, Steve Tilley Photography, Harbouride Bar & restaurant, Kieran Scott Photography, Josh Emett, Annabel Langbein.
When I’m not creating or photographing food you’ll likely find me in a yoga class or walking with my husband and our Alaskan malamute Chewbacca. We love to travel and I share many of our foodie adventures over on Instagram (see below).
If you’d like to collaborate on an upcoming project please get in touch!