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Cooking and Food Photography with Gill Meller

A great picture on Instagram is nothing unless it’s delicious, and there is no-one else better to teach you this than Gill Meller.

This informal day, run by Gill Meller, River Cottage Chef, award-winning author and food stylist, gives the food lover, cook and keen photographer alike the chance to come and cook, style and shoot their own food down at River Cottage, a stunning 95-acre organic farm on the Devon and Dorset border.

You’ll learn how to get the best shots and take mouth-watering photos of food, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of River Cottage HQ.

Guests will need to bring their own cameras or camera phones and any laptops or editing equipment they may require.

Your day

09.30 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30 and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet Gill in the farmhouse and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen. You will be given an overview of the day and have a chance to look around.

  • Session one

    To get underway, you'll choose your ingredients and devise two dishes, under the careful and experienced eye of Gill.

    Gill will guide you through what delicious things we have available, both in the kitchen and growing out in the gardens and fields around the farm then it will be up to you to go and pick them. The gardens and farm will be a perfect place to start taking pictures.

  • Session two

    Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking, and where better to do that than in 17th century farmhouse and our wood fired outdoor kitchen? Both locations are brimming with texture and natural beauty.

  • Session three

    You’ll be photographing your food in the farmhouse, and if the weather permits, outside in the walled kitchen garden. You’ll have access to a host of lovely surfaces and a brilliant selection of props at your disposal.

  • Lunch

    You’ll then be able to enjoy the dishes you’ve created, and of course, this will provide the opportunity to take even more pictures!

  • Session four

    Towards the end of the afternoon you’ll have time to edit your final pictures before uploading them to your own Instagram platforms.

    After some deliberation and cogitation, Gill and the team will select their favourite 3 pictures, which will be posted on the River Cottage Instagram page for everyone to enjoy.

    To throw in even more jeopardy, the person with the most ‘likes’ gets dinner on us – a meal for two at one of our Kitchens in Axminster, Bristol or Winchester.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018