It’s not often you get a chance to shoot a book like Spice Journey for a chef like Shane Delia, owner of award-winning restaurant Maha and host of the SBS TV show Shane Delia’s Spice Journey. I began the journey with the film crew in Morocco as they shot the thirst series with my wife Sophia working as their local fixer. From there I left the crew and retraced Shane’s footsteps in the previous series through Malta and Andalucia in the west, to Turkey, Lebanon and Iran in the East.
The food and flavours of the Middle East permeate almost every aspect of daily life in that region. Orange blossom and rose petals, spice- encrusted slow-cooked meats, fermented yoghurts, dates and olives – these are the flavours that have captivated visitors for centuries and that have experienced a recent surge in popularity in western kitchens.
Food Stylist- Caroline Velik
Fixer- Sophia Palmer
Publisher- Murdoch Books