“Black Sesame” Wins an International Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Award

Here’s some really great news! I’m honored and proud to announce that my short film “Black Sesame” received the Winterbotham Derby Food Film Shorts award earlier in May. The Food Film category was part of the larger Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Awards, an international competition that included a total of more than 9,000 entries from 77 countries. The winners were announced and exhibited at the Mall Galleries, a modern art space in the Mayfair neighborhood of London.  

The global judging panel was chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus and included Claire Hyman, British Photography – The Hyman Collection; culinary superstar Alice Waters; Lucy Pike, Head of Pictures at WeTransfer, His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General at HIPA, and Andreas von Estorff, CEO at Production Paradise among others.

“Black Sesame” documents the creation of one of the unbelievably evocative and poetic desserts by famed pastry chef Maya Erickson. Her Black Sesame Ice Cream with Black Sesame Pudding is rooted in a passed-down poppy seed pudding recipe yet presented with a stylized, sexy and provocative manner that’s as arresting and mood-evoking visually as it is to the palate.

Maya developed this recipe while working as the pastry chef at Lazy Bear, a restaurant in San Francisco whose chef/owner David Barzelay was a James Beard Awards semi-finalist and a Food and Wine Best New Chef.

To complement the ice cream and pudding, Maya’s Black Sesame dessert features cassis jam, cassis pate de fruit, dehydrated devil’s food cake, forbidden rice pudding and a light dusting of charcoal. This creation—with its colors and flavors and textures—makes you question what you think you know about food. This is the epitome of Maya’s gift to anyone lucky enough to receive it—a delicately plated, understated, experiential dessert that decadently performs.

Director: Jennifer Davick
DP: Devin Whetstone
Executive Producer: Amy Yvonne Yu
Post Production: Mission Film & Design