Culinary Optics: Ilva Beretta in the Studio

Behind the scenes in a food photographer’s studio
Staff Writer
Ilva Beretta's mood board and photography studio.

Art is inspiring and creativity can be like adrenaline, rushing through one’s veins. Gawking at images, chasing light, admiring creativity — those are some of the things that food photographers do. Culinary Optics: My Lens in the Kitchen is about all this and more. Simi Jois and The Daily Meal join together to bring readers this column every third Friday of the month. Through a series of interviews, we will inspire and learn. 

Our inspiration for this month is Ilva Beretta, a food and still life photographer, Swedish by birth but Italian by culture, and a well-known name in the field. You can view her work at and she blogs at Lucullian Delights. The photography of Plated Stories, one of the blogs she photographs for, won the Photo Based Culinary Blog award at the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) awards. Her images are like paintings, “art in everyday life,” she says. Using light like an artist uses brushes, her work is simple, elegant, and pleasing while her casual, no-fuss style is something that you will instantly fall in love with.

If you are interested in doing a workshop with Ilva, please click on the link as seats are limited. It’s an exotic location and you are going to be working with the very best during a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity that’s hard to pass up.

You can email your feedback to, or leave a comment on Simi’s blog, Turmeric N Spice.

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