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Nik Sharma

I originally started off with a career in medical research but eventually decided that it was time to follow my dream of pursuing a career in food and photography. After starting my blog, A Brown Table as a medium to share my love for cooking and food, I quickly realized that photography was my life and it makes me happy. My latest adventure in food and photography involves a new column at the San Francisco Chronicle, A Brown Kitchen which in many ways is an extension of my blog and my love for infusing flavors and techniques from the East and the West.  

I eventually quit my job in a pharmaceutical research company and worked as a pastry cook to learn more about food and the culinary arts. I later worked at a food startup company in San Francisco as the chief photographer which led me to create and direct content for various commercial marketing campaigns via effective visual storytelling. My unique style of photography has also recently been the subject of a short documentary that aired on PBS/KQED in Oakland. 

What do I love to photograph? The things that excite me, while I do love finished plates of food and garnished drinks, I will always love the magic that happens behind the scenes. The people that tend the farms, the cooks and chefs that work in kitchens and the folk that bring the food out to us. There's something wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to tell the story of how food comes to our tables and I look forward enthusiastically to any opportunities that open the door for me to learn and explore.

Some of my clients include Edible Silicon Valley, Jarry Magazine, Saveur, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, among others.

When, I'm not photographing or cooking you can find me in Oakland, CA where I spend time with my husband and our two mischievous pets (a cat and dog). 

I'm currently working on my first cookbook, Season with Chronicle Books that will be released on October 2018. The book contains more than 270 photographs that I've styled and photographed. 

For any cookbook photography requests or inquiries please contact my agency at Stonesong.

Education

Master's in Public Policy - Georgetown University (2012)

Master's in Science - Molecular Genetics - University of Cincinnati (2006)

Awards + Nominations

 

International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – San Francisco Chronicle – A Brown Kitchen – Best Food Column - Finalist 2018

International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – San Francisco Chronicle –A Brown Kitchen – Best Food Media – Finalist 2017

IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) - Winner - Best Food Photo Based Culinary Blog, 2016

IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) - Winner - Best Food Photo Based Culinary Blog, 2015

Saveur Magazine Food Blog Awards - Finalist - Best Photography , 2015