Welcome to another edition of In the Kitchen With!
My kitchen interview series continues with food photographer and stylist Lou Virkus from Germany.
Lou creates the most STUNNING images full of life and colour so I’m excited for you to get to know her more through this interview. I originally connected with Lou via Instagram to chat about food photography. Since then she has grown her food photography to an amazing level, telling beautiful stories through her photos – check out her photos & vegan recipes and you’ll see why.
It was a pleasure to get to know Lou more through this interview so please do read on AND stay tuned to the end where she shares a delightful Blueberry Streusel Muffin recipe!
What do you love most about working as a food photographer / food stylist?
I love to make my ideas and imagination come to life through photos. For me, food photography is a kind of appreciation of the little things and makes me perceive my surroundings much more. I find it beautiful to capture and celebrate the different seasons!
Do you have a favourite style of photography? And, do you have a favourite food subject?
I always shoot dark and moody in a very busy style! Pancakes, cakes and little treats are my favorite but here and there I like capturing drinks or savoury dishes!
Where do you find inspiration for your food photography/styling?
Nature gives me lots of ideas and inspiration… Flowers which could fill my scenes, seasonal ingredients… But of course also online on social media!
What’s your favourite recipe to make for family or friends?
My family loves my sourdough bread and every time they visit me, they get 3 loaves for the whole family! Any kind of cakes are always very welcome!:)
Who is your dream dinner guest? Would you cook for them OR eat at a specific restaurant?
I would love to share a table with Linda Lomelino! I think I would ask my grandma for her unique dutch baby recipe!
Do you have a favourite food memory? Perhaps a time you shared with family or friends, a food memory from a trip or a meal you’ll never forget?
Maybe it sounds strange but its strawberry jam! When I was on holidays with my parents and my best friend, we bought strawberry jam from a strawberry farm. We could see how the jam was prepared because the kitchen was behind a glass wall. This jam tastes different from anything I have tasted before. But it tastes best by the sea!
Is there one ingredient from your pantry or fridge that you MUST always have available? Is this ingredient particular to a specific recipe?
Soy yoghurt is crucial for everything! Cooking, baking, snacking… Also of course lots of veggies and fruits.. and the key ingredients like butter, sugar, flour.
If you could only have one dish from a restaurant the rest of your life what would it be and which restaurant is it from?
It’s basic but a good pizza with a thick crust from an Italian restaurant always and forever works! I never get bored of baked dough…
I love brunch; if we could hang out in real life and enjoy brunch together, is there a favourite brunch dish you’d make OR restaurant we’d meet at??
Oh to be honest, I had brunch only 1 time in my whole life..I think I was 10 years old; Brunch is not so popular in Germany. We eat breakfast early… usually sometime around 8 am… But I think if we would have brunch together, I would go all in to enjoy a little bit from everything!
Anything else you’d like to share?
Stay safe, dream big and always believe in yourself!
And don’t forget to try Lou’s divine Blueberry Streusel Muffin recipe – I’ve tried them and they are not to be missed!
You can find the recipe here on Instagram
It was such a pleasure to get to know Lou more and I hope her photography has inspired you!
Until the next cooking adventure,