Chef Erika Tucker

I recently had the privilege of photographing Chef Erika Tucker at “The Cellar” in San Clemente.  ” The Cellar” downtown San Clemente  is a unique restaurant , a cheese and wine  bar, offering many events with great life music.  Erika is a remarkable young talented chef, who studied @ French Culinary Institute in New York. She is a freelance chef ,among being a chef at “The Cellar” and teaching at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano . Her approach creating her culinary dishes is light, organic and so full of delicious flavors.

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This event at “The Cellar” had the theme of  “Breakfast for dinner”, so the guests sported in Pyjamas  had a wonderful time.

House made bagel, Vodka fennel and cured salmon, with beet lemon cream cheese….

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Eggs three ways: truffle poached quail in a poached basket, scotched chicken and pickled deviled duck eggs…

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House made nut butter pairings…

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Lamb sausage on sweet potatoe hash with seared scallop on truffled grits

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vanilla ice cream with huckleberry mouse….

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to finish with espresso creamed with baked deliciousness….

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At the end of the feast a complimentary of  The chef Erika and The Cellar restaurant

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Erika, you have a  great a future ahead of  you as a successful chef, you are so talented!

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10 Responses to Chef Erika Tucker

  1. What a treat, Cornelia. Erika certainly has a way with presenting her food. Were you on assignment or did you get to taste these dishes?

  2. Linda says:

    Saw this in my email, got my morning cup of java, and pulled up the chair to make myself comfortable. I knew this would be an extravagant event! Beautifully and tastefully creative. I love the small portions that invite the eye and senses. Pieces of art – each dish and photo. Let the day begin!

  3. Judi McKenzie says:

    Erika certainly knows how to tempt us with our eyes with her gourmet delights. You have captured each dish so that I would want to try them all! Now I must go find something to eat!

  4. Very good looking pictures, Cornelia. Very jazzy food:)

    • Thank you so much Roger, I tried my best with the light available in the kitchen, which was fluorescent, no perfectness…. any advice from you as The master of food photography how I could have done better? I know this is a loaded question. I wish I could attend your grand workshop in London? From California at this time it’s a bit too far for me.

  5. Fig & Quince says:

    Such beautiful food and photography! Thank you for the treat Cornelia!

  6. Ashok Misra says:

    Wow, what a feast! Truly mouthwatering cuisines rolled out in royal style! Superb photography! 👍

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