Nate Gray has captured images of food, cooking and culture throughout the world. Documenting trips to India, Japan, Greece, Italy, China, Spain, France and many other regions, his photographs explore local food culture and traditional cuisines through scenes of unique dishes and ingredients, markets, cooks, street vendors and artisans encountered during his travels.


Born and raised in Kentucky, Nate’s earliest food memories revolve around his mother’s cooking using the bounty of produce they harvested from the family farm surrounding his childhood home. Every year, they would can and preserve enough to last the winter. His father worked the land with horses and occasionally hunted deer and quail while his grandfather took him fishing for bass and bluegill and provided beef from cows he raised just a few at a time. Restless to leave the countryside, it was only later that Nate realized the importance of this time in his life, to which he can now trace his passion for cooking.


Nate set his sights on culinary school, but that proved beyond reach at the time. He was later able to take a short trip to France in 2004, where he took a few cooking classes in a small village in Provence with chef Christian Soehlke. He was so happy with the trip that he decided to continue on this path, going next to Japan in 2005 which included a class with chef and author Kiyoko Konishi in Tokyo, then India in 2006 for classes in Delhi, Madhogarh and Udaipur. Ever since, Nate has traveled to learn about the cuisines of the world as a sort of alternative to traditional culinary school, hoping one day to open a place of his own.


At first, photography was just a research tool, a way to document the endless array of unfamiliar fish, fruits and vegetables he saw in the markets, labeled in languages he did not read or speak. Eventually, food culture photography became a passion as well. Nate’s photos have appeared in several publications and in 2015 he released a book entitled A Culinary Photo Journal: A Decade of Traveling for Food, Cooking & Culture.


His photos have also appeared in…

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LA CUCINA ITALIANA

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CNN TRAVEL

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MUSEUM OF FOOD AND DRINK (MOFAD)

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ARS TECHNICA

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CHOWHOUND

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HUFFINGTON POST

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KCET SOCAL TV

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KPCC SOUTHERN CA PUBLIC RADIO

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ANTICA MACELLERIA CECCHINI

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ASIA SOCIETY

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GETTY MUSEUM

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¿LAS ALGAS SE COMEN? (BOOK)

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SALON.COM

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THE DAILY MEAL

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INSIDE FLIPBOARD

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WTTW CHECK PLEASE

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ALHAMBRA SOURCE (BOOK)

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SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE

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ATLAS OBSCURA

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HERE MAGAZINE

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Contact: cphotoj@gmail.com

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