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Guild member Jane Milton has told us what she has been working on recently ‘As part of a British Embassy funded project, I am working with a group of food businesses in Tunisia, helping them better understand the UK market for food and then export as profitably as they can. I’ve chosen a great mix of producers including pate de fruits made with eight different seasonal fruits, spray bottles of organic and conventional olive oil – Tunisia is the World’s second biggest producer after Spain – and organic aloe vera juice, made the day the leaves are harvested. I‘ve selected a spicy vegan carrot tapenade, a fresh-tasting chakchuka (Tunisian spelling) produced between February and April only, when the tomatoes are delicious, and a dish called mechouia, made of chargrilled peppers of different heat levels, dangerously moreish. Briks pastry featured on October’s Great British Bake Off, just as we had found a wonderful ambient version. At least now people will know what it is.

‘Fellow Guild member Sarah Jane Evans has helped whittle a large selection of wines down to just three which could perform well with new labels and differently shaped bottles. We’ve had to register new brand names, create brands, change packaging materials and start from scratch with labels. Next month the businesses will meet buyers. It’s great to see our food supply chain through their eyes. One day as I was asking if they could possibly extend shelf life on a product, and the client asked, “don’t you want to eat fresh food?” They import very little, eat seasonally, a very varied diet and rarely know anyone with food allergies. I can’t help thinking we should be mirroring their systems more.’

Jane Milton: jane@janemilton.com

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Let Me introduce You to Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
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Let me Introduce You to Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer

 

Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.

 

He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …

 

He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays

 

He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.

 

Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can

 

A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.

 

I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…

 

Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher


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