Last week my job took me out of the Weber test kitchen and on location to some beautiful homes in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago for a Weber lifestyle photo shoot. I worked with an amazingly talented crew of photographers, producers, production assistants, hair and make-up people, wardrobe stylists, prop stylists and of course the hardworking marketing team from Weber. My friend, Mike Lang, and I did all of the grilling and food styling. 5 shots a day with multiple set-ups per shot for 4 days = A LOT of food! We grilled chickens, pork chops, lobster tails, kebabs, veggies, pizzas, cakes, banana boats, ribs, huevos rancheros, stir-fry, and of course, hamburgers and hot dogs. Often times food for a photo shoot is inedible, but not in this case. We had models eating the food (oxymoron?) so everything had to not only look beautiful but it had to taste great too. Lest I make this work sound glamorous – we grilled in the rain, heat and humidity. Some days it was cold. Some it was sweltering hot. We were covered in charcoal, grease, sweat, sunblock and bug spray. And we had a freaking blast doing it! If the preview shots I saw on set are any indication, the pictures are going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them. Working with this crew was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to do it again soon!
To see another great recap and amazing photos of our week check out Mike’s blog at www.anotherpintplease.com.
Mike and I’s makeshift outdoor kitchen on Day 1. We called it “guerilla grilling” because if we didn’t have something we needed on hand, we had to make due and improvise.
Partial view of one of the beautiful houses where we filmed. It was fun to see how the other half lives. 🙂
Mike’s spatchcock chicken ready for it’s close-up.
Cedar-planked pork chops and salmon. Yum!!!
Hardworking production assistants kept everything on-schedule and running smoothly regardless of what mother nature threw at us.
Mike and I having a good laugh at the end of another long, hot day. I think I had just set the corn on fire. Literally – flames shooting from the grill. Ooops…my bad!
That’s a wrap!
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