From the sumptuous food to the celebrity host, rich colours to beautiful bokeh, Nigella Lawson's television cookery programmes are a feast for the eyes. Her most recent six-part series Cook, Eat, Repeat – based on a cookbook combining personal essays and recipes – covered lockdown classics like banana puddings and no-knead bread through to caramel custard and indulgent crab mac-and-cheese.
Behind the camera is director of photography Robin Fox, who filmed Simply Nigella in 2015, At My Table in 2017 and Cook, Eat, Repeat in 2020. His diverse experience also spans documentary, commercials and drama, and he has recently filmed in the West Bank for Netflix series Captive and shot skincare commercials for cosmetics company Estée Lauder, taking him "from the gritty to the glossy". But filming Nigella's programmes is something of a dream gig.
"I've been a fan of her shows forever, partly because they've always been beautifully shot," he says. "They've always looked gorgeous, and if there was one food show I'd want to shoot, it'd be that one."
Nigella's programmes have become synonymous with beauty, with images as rich as the food. Here, Robin shares how Canon's range of Cine Primes and a considered filming approach create this cinematic aesthetic, and how the Canon EOS R5 added a new dimension to the latest series.