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. 

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 in the Fall of 2018. 

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


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

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

Awards + Nominations

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