This past July, the annual winning recipes from the WMMB Grilled Cheese Academy “2016 Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown” were photographed at my studio! Joining me on the 3 day shoot ( the first day was prep and then two shoot days ) were the fabulous and reliable crew that I’ve had the pleasure to work with since the very first “Cheese & Burger Society” shoot from 2009. That group consists of, from Shine United, the agency, AD John Krull, AE Corissa Bielefeldt, the client Dave Bavinka, my production assistant Sandie Borowski, and the fabulous food stylist team of Vanessa Dubiel and her assistants Thomas Sherman and Christina Zerkis!
The project started out with prepping the studio with the two sets we use, the first for the three winners which is the same set and lighting scheme used when we shot the very first grilled cheese sandwiches for the original website, the second a daylight simulating environmental set for the runner up recipes. Also some hardware setup that I do which consists of the wiring up the 60Amp service for the 3 foot griddle I rent for the shoot and prepping the kitchen for the intense 2 days of activity!
I invite you to take a look at all of the other sandwiches at the Grilled Cheese Academy website
The original grilled cheese academy set for the three winning recipes:
The environmental set for the three Judges Choice recipe winners:
The building of the sandwiches is a process to behold! From the selection of the bread the recipe specifies, slicing the the bread loafs, preparing of all the various ingredients in the recipe to the building of the actual sandwich is a well rehearsed process with Vanessa, Tom and Christina!
Here’s an example, the building of The Beale Street this years Judges Choice first runner up:
Pieces of cheese broken off the half wheel Hook’s Gorgonzola:
Vanessa working from her set try putting some final touches on the sandwich:
And the result of all that work, a beautiful photograph of the Beale Street recipe:
You can see this sandwich and the rest of the winners in the “What’s New” gallery!