Celebrating Roast’s Ten Year Anniversary

Portrait of Head Chef, Anthony Fletcher at Roast Restaurant

I first met Iqbal Wahhab when I photographed him for a hospitality magazine and I had just a short time to get a front cover shot. After a little wander around Borough Market, the location where his stunning restaurant, Roast, resides, I got this fun shot of him. He loved the shot so much that he wanted a copy for himself, which I was pretty chuffed about.

Iqbal Wahhab portrait of Restaurateur at Borough Market

At this time I had no set fees for charging for this kind of thing, but he challenged me to make him an offer! So I suggested a discount on a meal! Well I can tell you, this is a seriously good way to get paid (though of course one has to earn real pounds sometimes too to cover those darn bills). I took my parents and had the most delicious meal that I can remember, even after four years! The funny thing is, I didn’t even eat meat, yet my vegetarian meal was one of the best. #ironic. (My folks, however, can vouch for the great taste of their lamb and steak….)

Team Photo to Celebrate 10 Years at Roast Restaurant
This time, after re-connecting with Iqbal a month or so back, I was asked to photograph the whole team, who are celebrating Roast’s 10 year anniversary and still doing a thriving business.

It was also a chance to photograph the new head chef Anthony Fletcher and prove to him that a chef smiling in a photograph is a great idea. Having spent quite a lot of time in China, he was used to posing for lots of pictures and so was a complete natural.

Photography at Roast Restaurant of Anthony Fletcher

And Sergei Gubars, the General Manager:

Photography at Roast Restaurant of Sergei Gubars

Showing Iqbal some new fresh produce, for a feature in their magazine, Anthony told me all about an upcoming mushroom foraging trip, which I’ll hopefully get to photograph. It was super interesting for a foodie like me to learn all about this different places where they sourced their ingredients from, a job they take very seriously indeed. Let’s see where Anthony takes the new menu….

Iqbal Wahhab and Anthony Fletcher at Roast Restaurant checking new produce (2)

There was then some serious brandy burning to be had to create that fabulous flame. Pyromaniacs ahoy:

Anthony Fletcher, head chef at Roast Restaurant

Of course the job wouldn’t have been complete without a brand new picture of Iqbal Wahhab himself, chief Restaurateur……..I actually think he looks even younger now than before. Mind you I do also have some fabulous new lighting techniques that never hurt anyone! It’s all about getting the best out of people when shooting their portrait.

Photography at Roast Restaurant of Iqbal Wahhab

I’m looking forward to the next shoot, hopefully involving some desserts! In the meantime, if you want to check them out yourself, head over to Roast in Borough Market, London Bridge Station. They also do a handy take out, called Roast to Go….right in front in the market.

Roast to Go Photograph

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