Jean Cazal is an impeccable food photographer.  His approach is clean, graphic and moody, his work, opulent and pungent with the aroma of elegant styling. It comes as no surprise, then, that he has won a plethora of awards for his cook books (he has published over 70) and the work he has carried out with chefs like Michel Roux, Peter Gordon, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Jean-Paul Hevin and Raymond Blanc - not to mention receiving Best Food Photographer award 2012.  

It is less surprising, still, that he has recently won a national Gourmand Award for his book Tea Time, which received the title ‘Gourmand Award Best Dessert’ Book UK 2013. Tea Time (front cover image pictured above) is a tribute to the hedonism, richness and indulgence of the British high-tea ritual, filled with a collection of Cazal’s finest and perhaps most playful work -  cakes in the shape of stiletto shoes, cocktail shot glasses brimming with glistening jelly, mini marshmallow knots on black slate boards and caramelised popcorn lollipops, popping out of shiny sherbet-coloured stands.

Now Tea Time is up for an International Gourmand Award accolade at the Paris Cookbook Fair, being held at the prestigious le carrousel du louvre location this weekend from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 Febraury 2013. With the book receiving such high levels of recognition already, we think there’s a strong chance Cazal’s Tea Time could be crowned ‘Gourmand Award Best Dessert’ Book International 2013. And what a treat it would be…