I was absolutely delighted when I received an email from the PR team at Tourism Australia asking me to photograph their activation for the global Restaurant Australia campaign. If you haven't seen any of the campaign already on TV or at the cinema, check out this video. If it doesn't make you want to go to Australia, I don't know what would! I lived there for 3 years and one thing I miss a great deal is the food.
So each night last week I was at Australia House in London where Tourism Australia were hosting a pop-up restaurant. Every night represented a different Australian state, with food that was inspired by that state and cooked up by a different famous Aussie chef.
The first night on Monday represented South Australia, and the lovely, vivacious Maggie Beer was the chef responsible for the delicious food served up. The second night was all about New South Wales, and the food came courtesty of Skye Gyngell, whilst Wednesday night was all about Queensland with the meal by Luke Rayment. Thursday night's food was cooked by Matt Stone to represent Western Australia, Friday night was Victoria's night with a meal by Shannon Bennett, and Saturday night featured food from the Northern Territory cooked up by Rachel O'Sullivan.
The room in which the restaurant was hosted is magnificent. In fact, it was used in the Harry Potter films as Gringotts Bank. Various VIPs were in attendance, like Barry Humphries and radio DJ Neil Fox, both pictured below.
I had an absolute blast taking photos all week and working side by side with the Tourism Australia team, who I look forward to working with again.