Two one day courses for food lovers!
Looking for a way to take your passion for food to the next level? We have just the ticket…

Eat Your Words Food & Wine Writing Workshop – Le Cordon Bleu

Run by experienced food and travel journalist Justin Bergman, the course will provide budding writers with detailed instruction on how to develop ideas that food editors will love and craft compelling stories for publication. Students will then attend Sample Festival and submit stories to be published online, receiving invaluable feedback from a seasoned editor.

Justin Bergman is a long-time Asia/Pacific correspondent for Monocle magazine and has been a regular food/travel contributor to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Time magazine, New York magazine, Modern Farmer, among others. He’s travelled far and wide in search of unusual food stories, trekking to remote western China to report on the emerging wine industry in the Gobi Desert, visiting the kitchens of Estonian chefs seeking to create a new culinary identity in the former Soviet republic, and meeting the street food hawkers taking part in the first World Street Food Congress in Singapore. Justin has also taught classes in Magazine and Travel Writing as an adjunct professor in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Creative Writing program.

INCLUSIONS: 6 hours of tuition including lectures, writing and editing sessions and a guest presentation by local Byron food journalist, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and free entry to Sample Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 1 September)
WHEN: Friday 31st August 10am – 5pm
PRICE: $325 (only 16 spaces available)
WHERE: The Byron at Byron & Sample Food Festival

Food Photography & Styling Workshop – Le Cordon Bleu

See one of Australia’s premier food and wine events through artistic eyes and bring your lens along for a culinary adventure at Sample Festival. Le Cordon Bleu is offering an exciting hands-on 1-day workshop with prominent food photographer, Fran Flynn.

Fran is a qualified and practicing commercial photographer, teacher, graphic designer, illustrator, and award-winning cookbook producer.

Students will cover natural light food photography techniques, image styling, exploring objects and surfaces, the use of props, correct equipment and social media applications.

Whether you are a beginner or already developing confidence with your camera, this workshop is designed to help build your confidence and allow you to create stunning food images. Photograph dishes prepared by the Executive Chef Matthew Kemp and the in-house culinary team in The Byron at Byron restaurant and learn about natural light photography.

INCLUSIONS: 6 hours of tuition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and free entry to Sample Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 1 September)
WHEN: Thursday 30th August 10am – 5pm
PRICE: $325 (only 14 spaces available)
WHERE: Byron at Byron & Sample Food Festival


Eat Your Words Food & Wine Writing


  • Students must bring a computer with Word software or compatible to submit articles.
  • No prior knowledge or experience is required.

A Le Cordon Bleu Certificate of Participation will be issued to all participants


  • Develop practical skills for writing for food media.
  • Gain valuable feedback from a working journalist.
  • Network with and interview people ‘behind the scenes’ at Australian food events.
  • Write print-worthy articles about the event.
  • Hear from local food journalists.
  • Enjoy the event from a whole new perspective.


    • Passionate foodies.
    • Aspiring writers and restaurant reviewers.
    • Freelance writers, bloggers and social media content creators who want to write about food/ wine in original and delectable ways.

Food Styling and Photography


      • A passion for food / photography and enthusiasm for learning.
      • Equipment A digital SLR camera and if possible a tripod (highly recommended).
      • All other equipment and food will be provided.


      • Natural light and how to manipulate it,
      • How to select the best location in your environment,
      • How to manage colour temperature,
      • Key natural light angles,
      • Key compositional angles,
      • The basics of food styling,
      • How to use your camera on manual mode, and so much more!


A Le Cordon Bleu Certificate of Participation will be issued to all participants


      • Bloggers and social media enthusiasts.
      • Photographers wishing to improve their food photography skills.
      • Food enthusiasts wanting to understand techniques for taking food images using natural light.
      • Individuals wanting to learn basic techniques for editing food images.
      • Individuals working in small food/hospitality/culinary businesses looking to do their own food photography.
      • Passionate foodies.


    • Using natural light techniques in food photography & image styling; explore objects and surfaces, shape and form, light and shade, direct and indirect light.
    • Conception, organisation and realisation: examine different photographic approaches.
    • Choosing angle of shot, image composition guidelines, managing food preparation, props and backdrops.
    • Restaurant dishes – photographic shoot.
    • Explore design and content – Individual artistic approaches.

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