About me

Claire Gunn


I have been in the hospitality industry as chef mostly for 12+ years starting from a pot washer in the UK to Head Pastry chef at Le Quartier Francais and Arabella, moving in between in a hotel career from housekeeping to management. I also gained experience in health, nutrition and food retail,  procurement, kitchen and menu design, training, merchandising and human resources. I feel this gives me a unique perspective in photographing for restaurants and hotels because I know and love the theatre of food and the art of hospitality.

I understand how a kitchen works and I know and love chef culture. I love to photograph inside the kitchen to show the world what goes on behind the scenes to create the magic on the plates and the synchronistic dance of front of house service.

I aim to capture real life, motion, documentary as well as styled imagery of prepared dishes as culinary art from the passionate chefs  I photograph.

I offer photography for the industry from quaint cafes, to restaurants to large hotel groups.

I am based in Cape Town, South Africa and also travel for photographic assignment, especially if it involves delicious, quality food with a story. My work has been published online, in print media as well as in cookbooks here and internationally.

My motivation is to share the experiences of kitchen life, chefs at work, and food culture that I have experienced – real life story telling of food journeys highlighting ethical practices and passionate people.

I seek out farmers, producers and suppliers of the food trade who apply mindful and ethical methods and preparations.

Do you use organic, local, biodiverse, ethically sourced foods, have a green cause or forage sustainably and want to have me in your kitchen for a day?  I’d love to tell your story…

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