October 2015: Dubai Food Styling & Photography Workshop


Dubai, is always a good idea! This pulsating city has risen from the desert, and today booms and bustles with a very unique charisma. Over the years Dubai has become a true mega food Mecca giving impulses and inspiration to chefs around the world. What may seem extraordinary and out-of-this-world any where else, it in "only in Dubai" that this is an exceptional normality. For me Dubai drives me to think out of the box and I always come back motivated with new ideas. I love coming back! 

Last year we had a winning professional team, where the entire organization of the workshop simply fell into place so easily. I was keen on keeping this team together and am thrilled that we will all be working together again. The vibrant Dima Sharif and I are once again joining forces to present a high level and packed 2-day workshop to our participants. We have put together a fantastic programme filled with many great highlights. Dima is a very focused, organized and full of amazing energy and I love working with her. We are in tune with each other's ideas and minds and complement each other perfectly. This year we have a very special surprise for our participants as Dima will be creating a spectacular 3-course meal from her upcoming book that we worked together on. She will be giving a hands-on cooking demo and together we will be integrating this into a challenging photography and styling session. Furthermore, we will be introducing a session on product photography from a client's perspective. This will challenge the delegate to view food differently and take their concepts out of the box.



Once again we will be hosting the workshop at The School of Culinary and Finishing Arts - SCAFA situated at the Jumeirah Lake Towers. We will have exclusive access of the professionally equipped kitchens where there will not only be the several cooking demos but also SCAFA's labs provide the ideal space for our photography and styling sessions with lots of natural light, individual workstations and presentation room. We will also enjoy relaxed meals and chill-out at their own restaurant Scafé. 

Russell Impiazzi of Lafayette Gourmet also returns on our team as our permanent Dubai workshop supporters since the very first workshop in April 2012. Lafayette Gourmet will be generously supplying all the food and ingredients for the cooking, styling and shooting sessions over the course of the 2 days. Russell will create his signature Finale Surprise Dinner for our delegates with a very "wild" theme.


We look forward to spoiling you with many more surprises and highlights, an exceptional and a relaxing meal by the beach, a food truck as our photography prop and a beautiful brunch created by the awesome Baker & Spice.

Diarize the dates for the Dubai 2015 Workshop as it promises to be an exciting and an invigorating two days!


All my workshops are aimed to help you as participants to draw from your creativity and inspire you to find and strengthen your personal style. We have put together, what we hope will be a creative, challenging but a fun workshop for the delegates. We invite you to join us for an intensive 2 days of food photography and styling sessions in the booming metropolitan Dubai. 
There will be ample space for creative reflection and lots of intensive work, where participants will learn all the fundamental elements needed to hone their skills in food photography. Guided sessions will also show participants how to find their way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up.

Focused and comprehensive sessions will give participants insight on camera techniques, mastering light and lighting to capture the perfect image, getting down and dirty with aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO, finding and selecting props for your set-up, composing the perfect shot, the rules of placement and angles. We will discuss about the importance of workflow and discuss post-processing.


There will be many practical assignments, a lot of theory, hands-on group work and plenty of creative feedback from the instructors to help equip yourself with the know-how to create beautiful food and tabletop images.

As always we will be a small intimate group limited to 10 participants, which allows for one-to-one coaching, valuable individual feedback and focused group communication and teamwork. This workshop is ideal for amateurs and also more experienced photographers not only from the food branch but also aspiring photographers to change or broaden their field and build their portfolio. It is also aimed for food stylists, professionals, specialists working in the hospitality industry and bloggers with interests and passions in food photography and styling.


Together we will work intensively on honing your skills and channeling your creativity, which I will guide and aid you to develop. We will spoil you with tantalizing and divine meals. There will be a lot of great opportunity to network with like-minded people and talk to professionals from various branches of the food industry. "Only in Dubai" will you find so many elements come together so very perfectly!

Hope I could tempt you to join us! Here are the details ...

Dubai Food Styling & Photography Workshop

Day one - Wednesday 7th October 2015

  • Brunch by Baker and Spice
    Meet and Greet Brunch and Introduction
  • Photography Fundamentals & Techniques by Meeta Wolff
    Capturing the perfect shot: Mastering the camera, harnessing and understanding natural light, finding your focus, the angles etc.
  • Styling Techniques by Meeta Wolff
    How to style your shot: composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the importance of props, color, texture etc.
  • Styling demo & the secrets of a food stylist by Meeta Wolff
    Free-Style Photography Exercises - Group Work
  • Effective Product Shots by Dima Sharif What does a client look for and what is expected from the photographer. Tips and feedback from a client’s perspective
  • Dinner on the beach - a feasting menu of a different kind.
    We’ll enjoy a dinner watching the sun set in the Arabian Gulf while enjoying a fun and relaxing meal by the beach.

Day two - Thursday 8th October 2015

  • Enhancing your Images with Lightroom by Meeta Wolff
  • Cooking demo and cooking techniques by Dima Sharif
  • From Land to Fork by Dima Sharif
    A traditional lunch menu featuring dishes from Palestine
  • Intensive work on assignment - Group work
  • Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
    Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
  • Wild” Finale Dinner prepared by Russell Impiazzi
Further details for the announcement:
Event Price: AED 2675 (ca. €645)

  • 2 day food styling, photography and cooking demo sessions with Meeta & Dima
  • Wednesday: Meet & Greet Brunch, coffee break and Dinner;
    Thursday: Lunch & Cooking Demo, Finale Dinner
  • Snacks and beverages during the workshop
  • Transport to and from the off-site assignment
  • All material/equipment is provided for the shooting /styling sessions

: SCAFA School of Culinary and Finishing Arts, Jumairah Lakes Tower, Dubai, UAE
Website: http://scafa.ae/
Limited to 10 participants
Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds

Please Note: The organizers reserve the rights to modify the programme should the need arise. Presentations and main workshop language will be in English (instructors speak German, Arabic and Hindi and is aimed towards beginners, novice and advanced level participants).

Hope to see you all in Dubai.

Our workshop is generously sponsored by: 


SCAFA, Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (2012), is an innovative vocational institute focusing on guiding professionals and enthusiasts in learning culinary techniques and kitchen skills. Accredited by KHDA, SCAFA runs professional culinary programs that certify graduates as qualified chefs. The school also runs many enthusiast programs such as team building with cooking, children’s cooking classes, pastry and baking sessions, cake decorating, fundamentals of cuisine, etc.  In addition to offering a range of culinary programs, SCAFA has a student training restaurant Scafé attached to the school. At SCAFA, we don’t just practice recipes, we teach techniques!
Students that enroll in SCAFA’s programs have varied reasons for joining the program. Many want a professional hospitality career, to become a restaurateur, a patissierre.
Facebook: @SCAFA (https://www.facebook.com/SCAFA.CookingSchool)
Twitter: @SCAFAltd (https://twitter.com/SCAFAltd)
Instagram: @scafa.cookingschool
Web: www.scafa.ae


Lafayette Gourmet, temple to gastronomy and gourmandize, offers a whole range of flavors from all over the world. Guaranteed to find all what it takes to fulfill your taste buds. Experience the diversity from 8 kitchens in one location: Indulge in Italian specialties and wood fired pizzas, great salads from The Mediterranean, Asian favorites, Indian tandoor and curries, primes steaks from the Grill, Foie gras and Caviar from the Luxury section, authentic Tapas and Paella from Tapeo to Just Falafel.

Lafayette Gourmet have partnered with Meeta Wolff's workshop again in 2015 supplying fresh ingredients and luxury ingredients for the multiple styling and photography sessions. Furthermore, Russell Impiazzi, Director of Lafayette Gourmet, will personally create an extravagant and special menu as a special finale dinner on Thursday and provide several props for the many styling and shooting session.

Facebook: @Gourmet Lafayette At Dubai Mall (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gourmet-Lafayette-at-Dubai-Mall/210096242335340 )
Instagram @Lafayettegourmet @rus_impiazzi


Balqees specializes in sourcing the purest, rarest raw honey from Yemen and other countries around the world.  Our first priority is quality and we work closely with beekeepers and farms in Yemen who supply us exclusively;  we also visit remote areas in other countries to seek out the best honey. All our raw honey is unique in taste, untreated and unfiltered to preserve maximum goodness and from territories that are not tainted by intensive farming and chemicals. You can find our pure, raw honey in a range of Balqees kiosks and honey boutiques in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman or order from us direct. We will send our raw honey to anywhere in the world where it is possible to ship to.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalqeesRawHoney Balqees Raw Honey
Twitter: @balqeesrawhoney https://twitter.com/BalqeesRawHoney
Instagram: @balqeesrawhoney #rawhoney
: http://www.balqees.com/


Baker & Spice is an award-winning food shop and restaurant with several locations in Dubai. The concept originated in London in 1995, quickly becoming an inspiration for food artisans and copied all over the world.
Baker & Spice Dubai is a centre for artisan food excellence.
Guided by the seasons and ethical principles, our food philosophy is simple: local | organic |  fresh | homemade
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakerandspicedubai Baker and Spice Dubai
Twitter: @bakerandspiceme (https://twitter.com/BakerandSpiceME)
Instagram: @bakerandspiceme’
Web: www.bakerandspiceme.com/


Ronai LLC - Established in the UK in 1947 with expansion in the UAE from 2006 A. Ronai LLC is the Middle East distributor of some of the world’s most prestigious brands in Hospitality: Steelite International, Oneida, F. Dick Chef’s Knives, Genware, Glass & Co, Burco and other well-known trademarks
More recent developments include the expansion of our own uniform brand. Created by our in-house designer and manufactured in the UAE our new “Uniforms by Ronai” catalogue features a host of bespoke garments. The collections are suitable for use in various job functions as well as the hospitality and aviation industries and they are proving extremely popular throughout the region
It is our objective to offer an alternative supply scenario to the Middle Eastern Hospitality industry. We aim to offer fixed pricing together with a very high level of service including stock holding and a strong sales force with extensive industry knowledge. We are constantly learning and it is our hope that we become the choice supplier to the hospitality industry in the Middle East

Facebook: @A. Ronai LLC (https://www.facebook.com/A-Ronai-LLC )
Twitter: @RonaiLLC (https://twitter.com/RonaiLLC)
Instagram: @Ronaillc
Web: (www.ronai.ae )


Lootah Premium Foods (LPF) is a division of the much-respected Nasser Abdullah Lootah Group, which was established in 1975.
Lootah Premium Foods was set up to provide the best quality produce and service to our customers, serving them with the finest produce either imported from Paris or Grown regionally. Lootah are pleased to be working with our European Partners Oakleaf who has been supplying the very highest quality restaurants and hotels throughout Europe and the Caribbean for the last 17 Years.
We have chosen to bypass intensive farming methods that ignore nature, the sun, soil and insist on overwatering, consequently substituting flavor for Yield. Instead we offer regional produce enjoyed by the people who live where the farms are utilizing what Europeans have known for years ‘Just to keep everything very natural and simple’. We have our own experienced and dedicated buyers working exclusively for us in Rungis Market in Paris, each buyer is responsible for ensuring the best quality produce from each area of the market; seafood, meat & poultry, fresh produce, gourmet items and dairy, they have a fantastic relationship with the farmers and producers to guarantee that we offer the best possible range of products at the best possible price, always searching for new and interesting products and following the current trends of this ever changing market

Instagram: @lootahpremiumfoods

Dima Sharif Organic Mooneh Essentials


It is impossible not to taste the pluck and resourcefulness of the traditional Middle Eastern kitchen in Dima Sharif’s newly launched Organic Mooneh (pantry) Essentials; a range of pickles, made by hand, using UAE locally grown, seasonal, organic vegetables and small-batch organic olive oil from Jordan.

Taste summons memory and emotion, and for Dima, whose soon-to-be published cookery book is a recollection of food memories and recipes that contrast and connect people and generations, her pickles reconnect the smell and taste of her grandmother’s kitchen to the artisanal continuity of times past.

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Twitter: @DimaSharif (https://twitter.com/DimaSharif )
Instagram: @1dimasharif
Google+: @Dima Al Sharif
Youtube: Dima Al Sharif (https://www.youtube.com/user/dima2me )
Web: www.dimasharif.com

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  1. What a great report! I have never been in Dubai but i'm definatley looking forward to go there. I would love to try the local cuisine, meybe I can find some recipes on the internet. And your pictures are great, I'm sure you had a great time :-) Greetings from Südtirol, Italy :-)

  2. I really have to go to Dubai!!! all your posts from there make the place such a fascinating destination. Would love to hear more about the culture of the place....

  3. I never been to Dubai either! I don't think it will be this year yet - but who knows? I love that white asparagus and egg dish so pretty! R

  4. You have such great workshops. I hope you're having a wonderful summer too!


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