This is where My love for food has taken me
It all started when I was a teenager. I loved cooking and watching cooking shows on BBC Prime. In 2006 I created the food blog "In the mood for food" where I started showcasing my culinary experiences. But it wasn't until 2009 that I started to take the blog seriously, writing about food, sharing recipes and focusing more on food photography. That same year I attended the workshop "The artistic interpretation of food" with the American photographers Francine Zaslow and Deborah Jones, in Boston, USA. By this time, food had taken me into photography and in 2010 I attended the course "Intensive Photographic Skills" at the London College of Communication, in London, UK. For three years I tried to perfect my food photography skills but also ventured into other subjects like travel photography and portraits for personal uses. In 2014 I took up a new photography challenge. I was selected for an internship in "International Photojournalism" with the non-profit organization Krochet Kids Intl., in Peru. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
My love for food has also taken me to the Ècole Ritz Escoffier, in Paris, for the "Bases of French Pastry" course, to healthy workshops with the holistic nutritionist Sarah Britton, to working with Chefs and Restaurateurs, to meeting talented Photographers and Bloggers of all sorts, and to cook for some of them. Most recently, and as you may have read on the journal already, I've embraced Matthew Kenney Culinary's philosophy and have completed the "Essentials of Fermentation Intensive Weekend" and the "Level 1 - Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine".
Last but not the least, my love for food has been taking me through a long journey about discovering what do I need to feel nourished. Not just for my body, but also for my mind and soul. Where does my food comes from? Does it matter? How should I cook it? How should I eat it? Am I really hungry? Hungry for what? I'm still figuring the last one out.
I'm currently based in Sri Lanka working as the Head Chef of an amazing place called Ceylon Sliders and also developing my own brand Essenciais - Holistic Living, a joint venture with one of my best friends, the talented naturopath Maria.
All photos on this site were taken by Diana Basto Ferreira unless otherwise specified.