Richard Jung grew up in a restaurant kitchen. Literally. His parents owned a busy little place in New York and his “daycare” was basically sitting in a highchair at the back of the steamy, bustling kitchen, drawing pictures of food with a box of Crayola crayons. With that kind of culinary upbringing, is it any surprise that he’s now one of today’s most prolific and sought-after food directors?
After finishing art school, Richard became a photographer, naturally drawn to his twin passions, food and travel. Those passions eventually brought him to London, where the foodie scene was just beginning to take off. Before long, his photographer’s eye and his love of storytelling got him noticed, and he quickly branched out from still to film work. In the UK he’s made films for Asda, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys, Kikkoman and Schwartz, among many others.
Richard’s meticulous attention to detail, fresh approach to food presentation and sixth sense for deliciousness make his work distinctive, memorable, and viscerally appetizing. It taps into the same spirit of creative play he’s always loved—just with a much bigger box of crayons.