About

About

Welcome to my blog! I am a writer, photographer, food/ prop stylist and film maker. You can find recipes, photos, blog posts, films and videos here.

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Food Styling & Photograhy

My Photography Work

Supper Club

Supper Club

The supper club is held in my home in London Fields, Hackney. It is like a dinner party in the tradition of a Vietnamese feast with homemade Vietnamese food.

Classes

Classes

Vietnamese food is about the balance of flavours, of sweet, salty and sour – there is no measuring device that can ever match your own taste buds.

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My Work In Food Styling & Having Pictures Taken With Celebs

Gregg Wallace & me

A little voice, deep inside inside had always squeaked something at me and I couldn’t really hear what she was saying until it surfaced by chance in the summer when I did my first styling gig with Bill Granger.  After years of watching and loving Jamie, Nigella, (even Ramsay & Delia), Stein, Rachel Khoo and Saturday Kitchen, I am somehow landing a few jobs behind the scenes as a food stylist, as a home ec person, as a prop stylist and even being the actual talent myself on camera! ha.

Gregg Wallace, me & Chris
Left over tomatoes from shoot

I went to work with Gregg Wallace, (to be aired on BBC1). I was quite nervous as I heard he had a reputation for being rather vocal. And yes, he was. He challenged me as soon as he met me but because I knew what I was doing and I had everything ready for him we became friends on set and I really enjoyed working with him and listening to his outrageous jokes. Uyen! Like you and me, he kept chuckling as he’d throw his heavy arms around my shoulder. Weeks later, I was even called back to work on the remainder of the shoot which I was very pleased about because I had the opportunity to go to the beach in England which was something I had wanted to do all summer.

I had to make 650 tripled fried chips, cut with an apple corer. Took me 13 hours!

Then I was lucky enough to work with Raymond Blanc. The set, my kitchen! I spent a whole week organising and propping my kitchen and then food styling as well as working with Raymond in front of camera (to be aired BBC2, Winter/ Spring). It was an absolute honour to work with one of the finest figures in food.

Raymond Blanc & me

The next thing I knew, I was packing my little suitcase and going to Thomasina Miers’s house to do some recipe testing with her for her forthcoming book. That was a great day, making curries, ceviche and other yummy Asian food. The best thing she came up with was a fragrant pork noodle salad with roasted rice powder, loads of limes, lime leaves and chillies – it was like eating an Asian spaghetti bolognese – totally amazing! She was so cool and we gossiped while we were chopping onions and playing with ingredients. I loved working with her. She is a woman I totally look up to and if I weren’t just about the same age as her I could say I aspire to be someone like her, but I am just about the same age as her and I do aspire to be like her: loved by her husband, soon to be mother of two, a successful business woman, author of many books, living in a beautiful house. Tommi then asked me to work as her stylist on a TV pilot (hopefully for Channel 4).

Thomasina Miers
Fragrant Pork Noodle Salad
Fried Fish & Green Mango Salad
Monk Fish Curry
Mackerel Ceviche
Grilled Pork & Tamarind
Part of Tommi’s beautiful kitchen that her father and she built

I am incredibly lucky. Doors are always opening for me even when I am not even knocking. Somehow, the skills I gathered as a film maker to a fashion designer to a cook has landed me in this  food styling place… I never would have thought! I am truly loving it, it feels like I found something I really really enjoy. The work is hard and you have to be on your feet, the actual ones as well as the mental ones, constantly. You have to think way a head of everyone because food needs preparation and you’re in charge of that department. You have to have everything ready, and you have to know where a can opener is or a tooth pick to a chopping board at any given moment it may be requested. It keeps you on your toes and its great fun!

I am now currently styling my own cook book and working with an excellent team, my publisher Ryland Peters & Small. I am loving the photos, the outcome and can not wait to share it when the book is published in Autumn 2013!

Gennaro Contaldo & me (still waiting to work with him)
  • Gina

    This is wonderful Uyen! So amazing and a lot of fun. Well done and good luck x

  • and more to come in 2013! Love R

  • @gina
    thanks to you, I got to work with Gregg Wallace : ) thanks so much Gina, I won’t forget it xxx

    @Rosana – my styling agent!
    I really look forward to our adventures next year xxx

  • Am so delighted for you, and hope this wonderful success continues to grow. I would say to you though, that you shouldn’t dismiss this as just about luck. It has happened to you because you have, over many years, developed the right skills, and you also have the right personality, that people enjoy working with. This isn’t luck but deserved, and I’m really happy for you.

  • Onwards and upwards Uyen, well done x (and maybe we really can get that speedboat sorted next year)

  • @Kavey
    I am so moved, to tears, by your continuous friendship and support. I have worked really hard but because I love what I do, it all seems like fun and luck, she’s always on my side too. Thank you Kavey xxx

    @Danny Kingston
    I love our speedboat trips so much! Look forward to our many adventures haha x

  • Well done! I would have collapsed if Raymond Blanc came to cook in my kitchen!

  • Anonymous

    You’re really inspirational, you seem to move forwards in many ways all at the same time! It makes me want to do more and achieve.

    I really enjoyed the Sunday cooking afternoon with you and still impress friends with your wonderful recipes, so thanks!

    I hope the book gets published soooon :0)

  • @meatballandsaltedcod
    thank you! Well, I didn’t fall over but I was a bag of nerves inside

    @Anonymous
    Hey! thank you so much! You’ve made my day. I am just really lucky sometimes. I work hard but I am also lucky and fall into the right places. I am so glad that you are impressing your friends.

    Who is this?
    Come again to the supper club soon and the book is out in Sept

    xxx

  • Anonymous

    You’re very welcome!
    I’m Samantha, came to Sunday cooking afternoon (with a hangover, oops!)

    I think the only luck is your many talents but that is nothing without the great effort you put in.

    I wish you success in everything and can’t wait for the book! :0D