One portrait to go, Chef.

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Steve Barringer shot to fame on the BBC series Masterchef: The Professionals in 2011. Narrowly missing out on the title. He’s now Head Chef at the renowned St Helena Restaurant. WE CAN CREATIVE were hired to shoot Steve Barringer’s portrait, and his new dish, in his new rather splendid restaurant, which is converted from a private 17th century house and sits within a lovely walled garden in the quaint English village of Elstow

Time was a big pressure for the shoot. Chefs are busy people, and setting aside time to be photographed is not going to help speed up prep for evening’s service. So myself and an assistant scoped out a room for the photo. Being a dark ancient building, light was nowhere to be seen. So we’d brought in one Rotalux Octabox and power pack, which we knew were pushing the confines of a low-slung snug restaurant to it’s max. Our choice of rooms was sublime, four separate dining areas, which greeted us upon entering through the garden, culminating in a wonderful  garden room. Beyond this there was a small walled seating area heavily scented with fragrant roses, lavender, honeysuckle and rosemary. Fine paintings, beautiful mirrors and antiques graced the walls. Essentially. It was grand.

The entrance hall provided  the height we needed for the lighting, and a grand old leather chair juxtaposed the Chef sat within, leading to an intriguing marriage of modern catering, and sedentary grandiose. In essence, it brought together exactly what St Helena and Steve are about.

Steve Barringer, Head Chef at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Sat on a vintage green leather chair in opulent surroundings.

Food by Steve Barringer, Head Chef at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

A close up of food by Steve Barringer, Head Chef at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

Food and a table setting by Steve Barringer, Head Chef at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

Table decorations for the food by Steve Barringer, Head Chef at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

Interior decorations at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

Tables and Interior decorations at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

Interior decorations and orchid flowers at St Helena restaurant in Elstow, Bedfordshire. Contemporary cuisine and fine dining.

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