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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot

I arrived at the Wynwood studio of Miami artist Betty Rosado shortly after lunch one afternoon last week. The beautiful two-story home with wood floors, high ceilings, and lots of sunlight was the site of the weeklong photo shoot for chef Michael Schwartz's cookbook, due out in 2011.

Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Upstairs, Chef Schwartz greeted me. The steamed mussels had just been photographed, and it was time to prepare for the short rib. Thumbnails of already-shot dishes, broken down by category, hung on one wall. Plates, pots, trays, bowls, place mats, kitchen towels, and any other table prop imaginable lay inside plastic bins or atop tables in one corner of the room. Near a trio of windows facing the street, a rustic wooden table was the setting for the dishes, which arrived from the downstairs kitchen following a detailed shot schedule. The food was real -- genuine -- with minimal styling and nothing added for sheen.



As photographer Ben Fink, prop stylist Rudolph Kohn, and Schwartz worked on each shot, the chef's daughter, Ella, and Rosado roamed the room taking behind-the-scene shots. Schwartz's co-writer, Joann Cianciulli, worked on her laptop while the chef's assistant and brand manager, Jackie Sayet, blogged about the shoot. At around midafternoon, the folks from Latin Burger & Taco Truck stopped by with some food for the group -- not that there was a lack of food in the house. After each dish was shot, everyone dug in. It was a busy scene, but a fun one.



Here's the afternoon in pictures.

The venue: Betty Rosado's Wynwood studio
The venue: Betty Rosado's Wynwood studio
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Props for each shot were clearly labeled
Props for each shot were clearly labeled
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Chef Schwartz getting the short rib ready
Chef Schwartz getting the short rib ready
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Photographer Ben Fink arranges the dish
Photographer Ben Fink arranges the dish
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Finishing touches
Finishing touches
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The dish
The dish
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Checking the shot
Checking the shot
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The chef's wardrobe
The chef's wardrobe
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What goes well with leg of lamb?
What goes well with leg of lamb?
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Farro salad to accompany the leg of lamb
Farro salad to accompany the leg of lamb
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Jackie Sayet documenting the scene
Jackie Sayet documenting the scene
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Lunch is here
Lunch is here
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Live blogging Ella Schwartz's pictures
Live blogging Ella Schwartz's pictures
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Chef Amanda Kenny preps cauliflower for the Porterhouse photo
Chef Amanda Kenny preps cauliflower for the Porterhouse photo
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Prop stylist Rudolph Kohn and the chef
Prop stylist Rudolph Kohn and the chef
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Chef Schwartz poses with his roasted chicken
Chef Schwartz poses with his roasted chicken
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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Sous chef Thomas Tennant stops by
Sous chef Thomas Tennant stops by
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Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot
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