Culinary Photography in Switzerland with Sven Wassmer

Eating at a fine dining restaurant is far beyond finding your favorite steak, it’s paying for an intellectual conversation spoken through flavor. The chef leads the conversation with delicately plated food, and the menu, waiter and entire atmosphere shape the direction of the conversation. Capturing all of that feeling into a photograph is a challenge. What a great culinary photographer does is to make that conversation continue through dramatic photos of plated dishes.

Culinary Photography with Sven Wassmer

2 Michelin Star Chef Sven Wassmer 7132 Silver - Best Chefs in The World

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An elite chef is very similar to an artist or a rockstar. Instead of using paint or their voice, they use intricate food flavors to tell a story.

Michelin star chef Sven Wassmer is a passionate chef awarded two Michelin stars for his care and passion for producing an exquisite dining experience.

In 2016 we photographed Chef Wassmer’s complex dishes and spent time with the flavor mastermind. Chef Wassmer cares deeply about his food, from the way ingredients are sourced to how each flavor awakens your senses. The staff of Silver can be found several times a week hiking in the nearby mountains surrounding Vals, foraging for mushrooms, berries, clover and other wild edibles in season. These local ingredients are the inspiration backbone of each dish. The mountains inspire Chef Wassmer’s dishes and the dishes inspire us.

Just as Chef Wassmer has a successful opinion about how his food should look and taste, Jeremy Mason McGraw (Global Image Creation’s Creative Director), has a successful opinion on what makes food look good in a photograph. For example, delicately placed ants add an unexpected citrus flavor to a dish, just as the ants become an alluring detail within the photograph. Together, the two created dramatic photographs that showcase the work of Chef Wassmer.

Food of 2 Michelin Star Chef Sven Wassmer at 7132 Silver
Food of 2 Michelin Star Chef Sven Wassmer at 7132 Silver - Professional Food Photography, Culinary Photographer, Restaurant Photos
Professional Food Photography, Culinary Photographer, Restaurant Photos

The Culinary Photography Vision

Jeremy explains how dinner is a dramatic meal, eaten under artificial light, invested in, and shared with close family and friends. This foundation is used in every photograph to bring the viewer into the photo as if they were sitting down looking at the artwork in front of them. Jeremy relates his culinary photography approach, to snapping a landscape picture. A scenic shot of a landscape on a sunny cloudless day doesn’t provide depth to the topographic features. Clouds in the sky, a storm moving in, or the sun low in the sky at dawn/dusk, provides lighting that generates shadows giving the photograph a sense of depth and character.

Similar to how clouds create texture in a landscape, Jeremy uses artificial light to provide dramatic depth. As a result the photograph gives you a sense of the height of the food and it’s intricacies would be missed without. Every plate is it’s own masterpiece leading to all plates being treated a bit different yet encapsulating the same dramatic style.

SILVER Video

Get more of the Silver story and meet Chef Wassmer in this video we created for the 7132 Hotel.

Chef Sven Wassmer is the passionate chef of 7132 Silver in Vals Switzerland.

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