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New Orleans and south Louisiana commercial food photographer, Matthew Noel, shares his journeys finding flavors using HD video, food photography, and hdslr cinematography.

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Matthew Noel blogs about food, food photography, photography, and the food scenes and culture across south Louisiana including Houma, New Orleans, the surrounding areas, and travel across the world.

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The New Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

Matthew Noel

As you may or may not know, I am a graduate of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts in 2007.  Life as a food photographer in Louisiana and around the world has been crazy ever since.

Today marks a very special day.  The new Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building is officially open.  While important, I don't want to focus on the new building.  Yes, it brings the CJFCI campus  to the technological forefront of the culinary industry.  Yes, it will draw in new students from around the country.  But the thing that I am most excited for is that it provides an exceptional staff of chefs and professors the tools to teach at their highest potential.

Most of my teachers are still there and many of the images hanging on the wall were photos I took during one class or another.  Walking through for the first time was such a surreal experience.  Echos of praise for the new facility was heard every time I ran into a fellow alumnus.  One day the old small kitchens of Geaux Hall will be just a faint memory, but with people like the late instructor Chef George Kaslow, the soul of a chef will be passed on to many generations to come.  Photos follow...

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Edible New Orleans Winter 2014

Matthew Noel

For those of you who don't know, this year I started as Edible New Orleans magazine's creative director and photographer.  It has been an amazing experience to visually connect readers to culinary stories through my photography and direction.  I am proud to announce that our third issue , Edible New Orleans winter 2014, is hitting shelves this weekend.

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NOLA Brewing Opens Tap Room

Matthew Noel

Kicking off with a bang, the New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company pop the top on their new Tap Room.  This isn't just a tasting room for their current line-up of delicious libations, but the beginning of one-off brews like the "Girl Stout Cookie".  That is their Irish Channel Stout rum barrel aged with cacao nibs and peppermint.  They are also bringing in food trucks every night of the week from 6 pm - till.  Pair that with great bands on the weekends and this will surely be a destination not to miss.  Find out more at www.nolabrewing.com or www.facebook.com/nolabrewing

 Girl Stout Cookie.

Girl Stout Cookie.

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 NOLA Brewing Tap Room.

NOLA Brewing Tap Room.

 Barrel aged beer.

Barrel aged beer.

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 Where the brewing magic happens.

Where the brewing magic happens.

 Great outside space that screams New Orleans.

Great outside space that screams New Orleans.

 The food and friends line up.

The food and friends line up.

 Locals celebrate.

Locals celebrate.

 Cheers!

Cheers!

The Burger Project

Matthew Noel

I have have been wanting to try a photo like this ever since I saw the photography in the Modernist Cookbook.  I photographed all the components separately in the same light, then composited them together.  I think the result is really fun!  This was shot as part of a new look for Reef burgers & poboys in Houma, La.  Congrats to my friend and new owner Nick Davaine.

Find Us, Get a Button!

Matthew Noel

These past few weeks Becky and I have been so busy prepping for "The Best Chefs of Louisiana 2013".  Besides the photography, video, and slideshow, we took on managing the ACFNO's social media and became a GOLD level sponsor for the event.  This left me with little time to write.  So in honor of all those food photography fans, come up to Becky or myself and mention FINDING FLAVORS and we will give you a custom button for you to sport.  I just have a hand full, so get them early! We hope to see you at the event!

Behind the scenes of Mr. Ronnies Famous Hot Donuts King Cake

Matthew Noel

I visited Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts to get a behind the scenes look at what makes their king cakes so special. 

Find Mr. Ronnie's at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-RONNIES-FAMOUS-HOT-DONUTS/138107782881404 Produced by FindingFlavors.com.  Cinematography and editing by Matthew Noel.  Shot on the Nikon D800.

National Pie Day

Matthew Noel

I'm pretty sure the American Pie Council website isn't usually served up on most people's internet browser.  Today is different.  It's national pie day.  I went searching for a slice of history and came across this delicious info from the APC.  "The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie."  You can find more facts at http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/NationalPieDay  Happy national pie day!  Below is a lemon meringue pie from Abear's Cafe in Houma, La.