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Behind the Scenes {Hartford House}

Behind the Scenes {Hartford House}

Behind the Scenes @Hartford House

Nothing makes me want to give more than 120% than working with people who are not only passionate about what they do, but humble and kind to those they work with. This is the case in the Hartford house kitchen – shooting with Chef Constantijn Hahndieck, affectionately known as Chef Tijn. A culinary artist and gentlemen extraordinaire.

I was asked to go through to Hartford house at quite short notice to photograph food at night as they had a VIP guest coming through. It was a little tense for me, as photographing food at night is not my favourite and therefore quite a challenge. I also expected things to be very pressurized as the staff prepared for said VIP. Much to my surprise and pleasure, it was nothing of the sort.

The first thing Chef Tijn did was to ask my son what he could make him for dinner. (Like he didn’t have enough on his plate ). Luke was presented with the most delicious creamy chicken and mushroom tagliatelle. I could’ve eaten the whole thing myself.

Anyway as each dish came out I photographed the hero shot, V.I.P. lady came in and took photographs with her iPhone and then I got to eat the food. Yum!

Working together in what looked like perfect synchronicity, the team got on with putting together appetising and visually divine dishes.  No shouting, no throwing of knives (trust me, I have experienced this in a kitchen!) just gentle teamwork.
With Chef Constantijn at the helm, flanked by new pastry chef Amoreé from Cape Town, Anand the Chef de Parti, Peter – a student, Paul and Mbulelo – Front of House and the very competent, dapper and shall I say patient GM, Duncan Bruce.

Please note:  All images taken on Apple iPad.

KZN Food Photographer

Above :  Jodi’s Quail~ Seared quail breast with sweetcorn chowder, crispy pancetta, and bacon powder . Absolutely divine!



Above:  Rock Cod on the Rocks – Clay baked potatoes, grilled rock cod, pea puree and confit egg yolk

Food Photographers in KZN

Above : Preparing the confit egg

KZN Food Photography

Below: Best End of Lamb ~ Winters end veggies, beetroot gnocchi and kalamata olives – a visual delight

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Apples gone Rhubarb with Amoreé

KZN Food Photographer

Putting it all together as a team!

KZN Food Photographers

Duncan Bruce

Breakfast the next morning on the Veranda overlooking the gardens ~ fresh and delicious.
Thank you #Duncan Bruce, #Chef Tijn and all the rest of the amazing Hartford house staff for always making us feel so welcome.



View of the terrace

Hartford House

Feast for the eyes – breakfast fruit selection


Freshly squeezed juices


Luke eye-ing out the yummy breakfast selection


My eggs benedict with fresh salmon trout – oh my!!!


Luke’s choice

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Me and my camera assistant . {Photo courtesy of one of the waitressing staff}

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