Evening photoshoot with Chefs Wolfgang Puck, David Chang & Roy Choi

by on July 24, 2013

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

A few weeks ago we embarked on another photo shoot adventure with Chef Wolfgang Puck at his signature restaurant in Hotel Bel Air. We felt jazzed to be invited back again to document another special evening with Chef Wolfgang Puck and his guest chefs. The food that comes out of the kitchen is incredibly executed and thought out. It’s so hard to not sneak a bite of all the dishes, but we have work to do. We reserve all our eating and drinking for later.

Have any of you met Chef Puck? He’s is such a cool guy, always making sure everyone is taken care of around him and our last photo shoot venture with him was his private dinner with Chef Alain Ducasse. Two masters in the same kitchen? Yes, we were there to witness it all and here’s the post. What an honor that was.

This time we were asked to shoot the evening again with not only Chef Puck, but also chefs David Chang and Roy Choi.

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

David Chang? If you know of New York City’s Momofuku fame, then you’ve heard of him.

Roy Choi? He’s one of the well respected food kings of Los Angeles and the Kogi king.

All three are immensely creative and talented in their fields. Each has made an unforgettable impact and contribution to the food world. And most important of all, they’re all super nice people, in and out of the kitchen.

How did the evening go? Well, the sold out dinner event with the three was incredible to witness. Each Chef and their team contributed two or three dishes to the set menu. The attention to detail, the service, the food and the teamwork from the back of the house to the front of the house was impeccable.

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

Chef Roy Choi and his Santa Barbara Spot Prawn with sea urchin, salmon roe, fried garlic

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

Chef David Chang and his spicy pork sausage with rice cakes with Chinese broccoli

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

 Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Japanese blue fin “toro” tuna samshimi with Santa Rosa plum & citrus ponzu

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice CoupleIt was incredible to witness the bustling flow of the kitchen with all three Chefs and each of their teams.

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

Regardless of how intense the evening was, the Chefs still managed to have fun

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple
Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice CoupleA surprise participant in the kitchen as actor Jon Favreau (bottom of collage w/ bandana) who was shadowing Chef Roy Choi to study for a chef role for an upcoming movie.
Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice CoupleAs the intimate evening progressed, the sold out event was filled to capacity with excited and hungry guests.
Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

The whole team at Hotel Bel Air worked so hard to host this incredible evening.

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

The trio of talent from New York City to Los Angeles.

Photoshoot with Chef Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Roy Choi on White On Rice Couple

 

 

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

The photos are gorgeous. I love how you captured smiles and joy. Not just stress and pressure (which if you watch reality cooking shows, the chefs always seem to look so…stressed. And I’m sure they are) – but seeing their joy and pride in their work and being happy is lovely to capture and you did it beautifully. CONGRATS!

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2 Girish July 24, 2013 at 6:10 am

Nice. I like the photographs while he is working and interacting with people in the kitchen. Specially the plates on. Good work.

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3 karen July 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

How did two Korean dudes become so famous in the kitchen – a room in the house where no males were ALLOWED to enter, traditionally? My grandmother used to yell at me for being a “bad” wife, anytime my hubby got up to get his own bowl of rice.

If I remember, David Chang’s father forbade him to go into a restaurant business because HE was in the business. So glad he didn’t listen to his father – like all rebellious young men – and went on to become one of the best modern day chefs all around. And who would have thought, eating in the streets – a common scene in markets in Korea – would become trendy and make Roy a LA’s best food truck chef.

Great to see their smiling faces too. I don’t have to tell you about your beautiful photography, of course, but great to see the three masters in one place.

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4 White on Rice Couple July 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Karen- thanks for all the back story and history, it’s all so interesting. It’s also a fact that Koreans have so much talent in the kitchen! :)

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5 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

Looks like quite the night!!!

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6 Tieghan July 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

Wow, this is incredible. How fun and your photos are stunning!! What a fun night!

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7 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] July 24, 2013 at 7:09 am

Talk about dream team! You two are such pros – if I had even had the opportunity to step in that kitchen, I would’ve stuck myself in a corner just staring all googly-eyed at the talent in front of me [Diane, you + Todd included!]. What an opportunity captured for posterity with such classic beauty.

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8 Andi July 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

OMG talk about what a dream come true! These chefs are some of my faves!!! These pics are BEYOND gorgeous!

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9 thyme (sarah) July 24, 2013 at 7:17 am

You guys did a fantastic job on this event. I’m sure your hearts were racing but you pulled it off and we all get to enjoy the wonderful photos. Thank you. They are terrific.

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10 Eileen Thai July 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

You guys are incredible…you have so much on your plate and yet, you still make time to blog. Thank you for sharing the stories and the beautiful photos and videos. Congratulations!

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11 Liren July 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

A trio of talent in the kitchen! It looked like an amazing evening, and you captured it so beautifully. I could almost taste it!

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12 Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

Your photography captures their essence and passion for their job. The smiles are perfectly framed in the kitchen setting making it almost a sin to take them out of this profession. Stunning food matched by great pictures. Love this, it sounds like you had a great ime

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13 Christine Davis July 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thank you so much for sharing a fantastic night you both had! Your images brought us right into the heart of showing these amazing geniuses in action! Wonderful story from beginning to end…Congratulations!

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14 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Beautiful. Simply, beautiful! What an honor to be able to follow these three amazing chefs around for an evening! You are truly talented.

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15 Stephanie July 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Beautiful photos!!!

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16 Mag July 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

The great trio transmitted as enjoy their work!!!!

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17 ChefLizD July 31, 2013 at 7:50 am

Gorgeous Tantilizing Photo’s. Great Combo of Chef’s Indeed!! My Favorite Chef’s and Flavors. You Rock The Casbah “White On Rice” !! Keep Bringing Us to that Beautiful Place In the Kitchen. Best Regards..

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18 Heidi August 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

How exciting to be part of such an awesome group of chefs! My mouth would have been dragging the floor the entire time. The food and the settings are beautiful. Stunning pics! Thanks for sharing them.

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19 Christine August 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hello and thanks for all the beautiful kitchen photos! We are the stainless steel fabricators that built the kitchen, and it’s so good to see it in action. Days before opening, my partner and I were shining up the last counters late on a Friday and in breezes Chef Puck. He was so kind and grateful for our work. You brought back a really nice memory.

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20 Kami August 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

I’ve been a big fan for a while, and I was SO THRILLED to see you two featured in Food and Wine magazine for the Digital Food Awards. Congratulations – what you do is amazing, and I’m thankful you share the process with us!!

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21 Eden August 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

Absolutely stunning photos and what an amazing opportunity!!! New to your site and I’m completely in love :)

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22 Kim September 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

What beautiful moments. It’s obvious these three followed their passion. Definitely something to aspire to. :)

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