30th May, 2019| News

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Food Film Shorts category at the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year awards is ‘Black Sesame’, by Jennifer Davick.

Jennifer’s short film shows Chef Maya Erickson’s Black Sesame Dessert. Maya created this dessert while working as the pastry chef at Lazy Bear, a San Francisco restaurant that grew from the cult-like following of an underground supper club and whose own chef/owner David Barzelay received the nod as a 2016 Food and Wine Best New Chef.

“The competition was fierce,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Awards, “there were 9,000 images and films entered from 77 countries. This is more entries and more countries than ever before – and the standard was phenomenal.”

“Jennifer’s film stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the sophisticated way in which she made the subject matter, the creation of a stunning pudding, both surreally beautiful and atmospheric.”

The global judging panel this year, chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus, included Charlie Stebbings, Director, Rogue Films, James Winter, food television producer, Abby Hocking, Online Photo Editor, Food&Wine, culinary superstar Alice Waters, His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA, Simon Day, Head of Marketing, Winterbotham Darby.

“I found Jennifer’s film intensely stylish, utterly captivating and representative of how talent can transform food” Simon Day

Jennifer wasn’t present at the ceremony but her award was accepted by Charlie Stebbings – presented by Alex James and our very own Simon Day.

Charlie Stebbings (centre) accepts the winners award from Alex James (left) and Simon Day (right)


You can see the other films which made it to the shortlist, below.

In the next couple of months we’ll be catching up with Jennifer Davick to find out more about her career, how the wining came film about and her tips for making foodie films.