Sometimes when you go somewhere really good to eat, you get something a bit more for your money than just a full tummy – you get an experience. This is usually when all of the little details that go into a restaurant have been thought about – the cutlery, the table cloth, the decor, the fact that the sommelier knows each and every wine on the menu inside out... So when you go to a place like Cutler and Co (another one of Andrew McConnell's restaurants), that's what you notice. The team is like a well-oiled machine, and while I was here shooting some of their food and interiors, I overheard one of their team gatherings, just before service. The preparation that goes into making sure each detail is perfect is amazing, and is really inspiring to see them at work.
They've won heaps of awards and have just won three stars from the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, making it one of Australia's very best restaurants. The food there is absolutely insane, so it's well deserved. The thing that blows you away at Cutler and Co is the styling of the food, which is like art work and makes my life as a food photographer so much easier.
Thanks to the team at Cutler and Co for making it a brilliant day of shooting.
Click on the image below to take you to a galley of some of the shots from the day.
Everyone's taking about Moon Under Water at the moment, which is chef Andrew McConnell's new restaurant on Gertrude Street. It's part of the Builder's Arms, which he's gutted and has given a totally new look. I went here a little while back and took some shots of the amazing food they're doing there, which you can tell is going to go down a storm with all the Melbourne foodies. The room was really simple, clean and white with heaps of natural light, which is so much easier to work with in food photography.
Chef Josh Murphy is heading up the kitchen with Andrew, and they're doing a four-course meal for $75, which is awesome value for the standard of food you're getting.