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18 July 2017

Jan ONeil – Food Photographer at the Mount Haven Hotel

The creative dishes on the restaurants menu, by our head chef, Ross Sloan, are always vibrant and eye-catching. Capturing these culinary works of art in detail is a challenge set for one of Mount Haven's food photographers, Jan ONeil - who has the enviable task of sampling these creations once the shoot is over!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been a Theatre Nurse for most of my life, covering all specialties in various places around the world.  It’s a career that I have loved. Outside of work I’m a bit of an adventurer;  exploring, skiing, sailing, diving, climbing amongst other things too numerous to mention. I have had to change focus recently due to injury.  However it hasn’t stopped my adventurism.  It’s only changed direction!

How long have you been doing photography?

I have always had a camera on me since my early teens.  However I only started to show my photos to other people about three years ago.  It’s lovely to get the positive responses I’ve been getting.

How did you start to take photos of the food at The Mount Haven Hotel?

I was introduced to Ross through a mutual friend.  Ross was impressed with my photography, and I was blown away by his food.  He manages to make every dish an adventure to eat, with stunning blends of flavours and textures.  It’s an absolute privilege to photograph his creations.  I’m always excited to see what he will come up with next.  I’m a huge fan.

We asked Ross, head chef at the Mount Haven, what makes his relationship with Jan that extra bit special.

Having worked with food photographer’s throughout your career, how does the relationship you have with Jan differ?

I love Jan she's great, we have built a great relationship since we started working together. We are always pushing each other to progress and evolve, Jans food photography has just got better and better, what I like is that we can be both be very blunt with each other, if don't we don't like something we will say, not good enough.

I'm looking forward to seeing what we can create together in the future.

To see more of Jan's wonderful work, take a look at her Flickr account