Reality TV Stills Photography | Clover Little Big Cook Off Season 2

October 22, 2015 · 2 comments

in Documentary,Food

After the enormous success and SAFTA Award for South Africa’s Best Game Show 2014 for Season 1 of the Clover Little Big Cook Off, it was obvious that the show could continue. In May this year I photographed the stills and behind the scenes activities for Season 2.

We shot 13 episodes over 15 days on a brand new set along with a new format for the show. There were some old friends and I made some new friends. We dealt with load shedding and were treated to late night pizza and an assortment of Clover products. There was laughter and tears as we watched contestants cook their hearts out for the coveted prize. The crew worked through tantalising smells wafting from the contestants’ ovens, and in the heat of a closed studio with three ovens baking away. I did the cameraman tango, moving seamlessly behind the cameramen so I wouldn’t get ‘caught’ by the other cameras, while simultaneously dodging the jib and network of camera cables. It was a real privilege to be a part of this show for a second year.

Another season of the Clover Little Big Cook Off is now done and dusted (with castor sugar!) and the Tasty Townsends baked their way to victory! Well done to all the contestants and crew who made this show possible.

It was immensely difficult choosing my favourite images from the hundreds I shot, so here is a semi-random selection:


The contestants getting ready on the first episode


Chef Martin offering some encouragement


Some of the little chefs needed a step to be able to reach the stove



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Some of the crew behind the scenes


Planning out their recipe


Wongama with the clapper board on episode 2


A little good luck kiss before the challenge starts


Success is all about team work

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Delighted with their feedback at the Judges’ table


Chef Coco helping a little cook


Chef Coco being silly off set

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The judges scoring the meal


Gina touches up Chef Coco’s make-up


Warren and Gaye preparing the set and demonstrating how the mixers work


The auto-cue for the judges


Shooting links with the camera jib


The judges briefing the contestants on episode 3

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And in three… two… one


Little chef plating their meal

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Briefing the contestants on the Mayonnaise challenge


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The mayonnaise must be stiff enough so the bowl can be held upside down, and it is!


Making smoothies on episode 5

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Making homemade pasta sheets

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There’s never a dull moment with Chef Coco and Chef Martin!

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Romaine carefully separating eggs


Chef Coco crossing fingers… let’s hope this works…

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And the challenge for episode 12… make a Gingerbread house!

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Assembling the Gingerbread House is harder than it looks!

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The judges on the final episode, looking very dapper in black!


Surprise ingredients for the final challenge…


And above all… Just. Have. Fun!


Plating their final meal…


The judges scoring the last dish for Season 2


The Tasty Townsends looking pleased with their feedback at the final judgement


and the winner is… The Tasty Townsends!


The crew who made it all possible

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Martin Kobald October 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm

LEGENDARY Rikki…..!!!!!, You captured some treasured moments, Love , love , love these pictures.
Thank you so much, would be soooooo happy to see more.

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