3 Days, 8 Michelin Stars by Nicole Hains

It is not every week you end up on multiple shoots photographing Chef’s that have a combined total of 8 Michelin stars. It was a phenomenal week mainly topped by Michel Roux inviting me to stay to eat lunch after I had completed his portraits that will and up in his publication, The Waterside Magazine. I then continued to shoot add-hock as I indulged in 5 stunning courses washed down with Michael’s very own Champagne.


The Waterside Inn

Lunch with Michel Roux at his three Michelin Star restaurant in Bray.


On another evening, underground in a basement cookery school in London, I found myself surrounded by unbelievable talent with some of the best chef’s the world offers. There was a great atmosphere as; Raymon Blanc, James Tanner, Toby Burrowes, Simin Rogan, Eric Lanlard & Ollie Dabbous cooked up a feast.


The Underground Kitchen

Press event for Ascot’s 2019 Food Launch.

2017 - the round up. by Nicole Hains

Well that went fast!!! 2017 was far busier than I ever expected and I have had the time of my life photographing a hugely wide variety of different subjects. I have photographed many celebrity chef's, Mary Berry & Tom Kerridge you were a delight. I feasted on far too many delicious dishes, photographed more weddings than I could of possibly imagined taking on (see our 2017, a year in the making blog here) and photographed so many recognisable faces from Superman (Henry Cavill) to Motor racing legends, Jackie Stewart, Mark Webber & Mad Mike. 

With all these fantastic photoshoots in my diary, I made the decision that 2018 is the year for change, there are some ambitions you just can't let pass you by. I decided to change the way I work at Goodwood in search of building on my freelance work, I can't tell you exactly where this will lead me but its time to embrace the journey. 

Farmer Butcher Chef, Chichester by Nicole Hains

Photographing the new spring menu for Farmer, Butcher, Chef at Goodwood. 

I have eaten at Farmer, Butcher, Chef numerous times since its opening last year but the new spring menu really caught my eye. 

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is located at the Goodwood hotel just yards away from Home Farm and is committed to using all the cuts of the animals so nothing is wasted. The interior was curated by  Cindy of Leveson Design and includes an extensive collection if Goodwood Memorabilia, celebrating the history of Goodwood. My favourite pieces in the restaurants are the huge glass lightbulbs that hang from the ceiling and the Christopher Howe chairs! These chairs are made out of Goodwood flags and are absolutely stunning!!

Interior Image Mike Caldwell

A foggy stay at The Pig near Bath by Nicole Hains

Here is a little sneak at my recent stay at the Pig near Bath!

Safe to say the hotel is lovely, the space is beautiful and rustic and there was something wonderful about cozying up by the fireplace, sipping on english sparkling wine and relaxing (we needn't of packed our trusty verve holdall - pictured below but never mind). We spent the day before exploring some local places like Wells & Chaddar Gorge before arriving at the Pig, settling into our room and heading downstairs to dinner. 

Now lets talk about dinner!! This is the reason to stay! The food was exceptional. All sourced either from their land or locally their 25 mile menu is the best thing about this hotel. I didn't take my camera to dinner because, well, I don't want to be that person but I was that other person who insists on photographing every bite... so I will put some pictures in a gallery below. 

Did you know Kale grown on mini trees though?! ... Mind blown

the food.... 

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I at Goodwood by Nicole Hains

Formerly the property of Mr Jack Warner of Warner Brothers, the 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I convertible Sedan was just about the most expensive car in the world. In fact, he loved this car so much he had a second made for Marlene Dietrich. We don't know for sure who has ridden in the car but it is highly plausible that the likes of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae West and Ginger Rogers to name a few. I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful car today outside the front of Goodwood House.