Tributes have been pouring in from the hospitality industry for photographer Sam Bailey who died in a skydiving accident at the weekend.
Bailey, who contributed to the Caterer Group for more than a decade, was best known in the industry for his food photography and his love of fine food.
Annie Schwab, who previously ran the two-Michelin-starred, Lincolnshire-based Winteringham Fields restaurant with rooms with her husband Germain and is now living in Collonges la Rouge, France, regularly worked with Bailey.
"Over the years at Winteringham Fields, Germain and I spent many long days doing photography with Sam," she said. "He was a passionate perfectionist and this came through when you looked at his work. Sam became a very good friend and we often laughed and sometimes cried together. He was so full of life and love, a superb young man and one we feel very privileged and proud to have known."
Rob Kirby, chef-director at Lexington Catering, said he and his team were stunned by the news. "Sam had a natural gift and it was always great fun working with him," he said. "He really shared and understood our culture and this was always reflected in his work. We will all miss him incredibly."
Alison Jee, the industry PR who organises the Roux Scholarship and attended many overseas trips with Bailey, agreed. "He was an excellent photographer, fun to be with, and someone who not only loved food, but knew a great deal about it," she said.
Sat Bains, chef-patron of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms and the 1999 Roux Scholar, met Bailey the year he won the award. "We worked together on 99% of our food photography," he said. "He had a brilliant skill, he loved food and he loved what we all did. He was a big part of the industry. I'm absolutely gutted."
|*A photograph by Sam Bailey from Alan Murchison's forthcoming pastry book*|