Renaissance Vinoy Master of the Craft Competition - Food Photography

Recently I had the privilege to work with the staff at the Renaissance Vinoy to photograph their Master of the Craft Competition. This is the second time I’ve photographed this event for the Vinoy and it is always exciting to see what the contestants are able to come up with. The winners at this stage move on to further rounds of competition and will represent the Vinoy St. Petersburg.

“Masters of the Craft. is a culinary and beverage competition, designed to discover and showcase some of Marriott’s best talent behind its restaurants and bars across North, South and Central America. With its emphasis on developing and promoting culinary talent, Masters of the Craft supports the company’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360, and its commitment to Empower Through Opportunity.

Over the past six months, more than 2,200 employees from 280 Marriott International properties, across all levels of experience and expertise, competed to prove their prowess through quick-fire cooking and bartending challenges. Modeled after Food Network’s hit show, “Chopped,” contestants were presented with a mystery seasonal ingredient during each phase of the competition, which then had to be featured in a signature dish or cocktail within a set time limit.”

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The winning Dish