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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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...Read More
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.Read More
Life has been going so fast and I figured my birthday would be a great time to stop and reflect back on an epic year. Most importantly I have been blessed with an incredible family. My son is now eleven and funnier than ever! My wife not only is an amazing wife, but an incredible work partner.
Many years ago my family and I started celebrating the day I karate kicked my way into the world by holding Mattober Fest during the month of October. More than just a birthday celebration, it is a revelry of all things awesome! So without delay, here are some of the most memorable moments of my life this year while holding a camera.Read More
In many resort towns, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the over hyped attractions and restaurants. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is no different. I think a fair description of it's close neighbor, Pigeon Forge, is Las Vegas for the Bible Belt. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this haven of pancake deliciousness on my family vacay during Mardi Gras. Not only was I pleasantly surprised by this 1960 pancake powerhouse, but everyone at my table instantly became converts. Below are the photographs that convey my experience at this everything from scratch institution. You can see their menu and get directions at pancakepantry.com .
This year my family's paths have strayed from the usual sit down feast of thanks. We won't be holding hands and praying over a turkey feast, but the appreciation for life and each other will remain. My parents, my brother and his wife, my grandmother and Mr. Jimmy, and my wife and kid will be out in different parts of the globe for various reasons. Knowing this was in the cards, my mother rounded up the troops and created an early Thanksgiving gathering culminating in a delightful non-traditional Alabama sunset dinner. It's a blessing to have those who love you close, but even more important is to have them close in your heart.
Tomorrow night I will be giving a lecture on Food Photography and Adobe Lightroom 5 Work Flow. If you have a love food and photography, (let's face it, if you are from South Louisiana, we love our food to taste and look good), come visit me tomorrow night at the Jefferson Parish Regional Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. I will talk about Food is Art- Creating Great Food Photography, 5 Tips for better Food Photography, Lightroom Work Flow, and much more. BE THERE!
Oct 1, 2013 (Tue), 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Jefferson Parish Regional Library
2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058
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
Fresh produce is always the best way to start off preparing for a delicious meal. You now hear lots of chefs talking about a "farm to table" approach. Look around in your neighborhoods and cities to find local farmers and farmers markets where you can meet the person who planted and picked what you will eat.
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.
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!
I am a huge fan of texture. It is not just the fact that it looks cool, but it often shows something's experience. Take the photo below. I just aquired these old, beat up pieces of silverware. They bring a sense of place and history. The aging white washed wood brings a comefortable southern feel. I think it is important to appreciate the well worn parts of life.
Thanks to the Demitasse for the great additions to my collection. You can find out about their new restaurant in Houma, La at DemitasseHouma.com .
The city of Perpignan is nestled in the south of France, cornered by the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. We were lucky to find anything open on Sunday night. Everything shuts down in France. The streets are empty, almost haunted. A husband and wife owner opened up their doors and even welcomed me into to their kitchen. We enjoyed an evening of great conversation and locally sourced food and wine.
I finished up a shoot at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and needed something for dinner. I took a trip down the beautiful lobby to Chef John Besh's Domenica restaurant. I had eaten there before and knew it would be good. Eating by myself I wanted to try some menu items that some dinner companions may not order. I'm glad I went the adventurous route. It turned out to be delicious. Photos follow.