Sketch by James McClung

Sketch by James McClung

Jim is a chef and an award winning food photographer/cinematographer based in Southern California. As a classically trained chef and graduate from the Art Institute, his ability to cook and understand food helps him portray food in a unique way. He is able to showcase the food in an editorial, advertising or lifestyle perspective. In addition, he has a passion for shooting film, from his 35mm Leica M6 to medium format cameras.

He is the chief photographer for Californios, Liholiho Yacht Club, Juniper and Ivy, The Crack Shack, Bar Kindred, and Spoleto Italian Restaurants. Contributing Photographer for Art Culinaire Magazine, Food and Wine MagazineLife and Thyme Magazine, Tooth-Ache MagazineImbibe Magazine, Tales of the Cocktail, Bravo TV, DiningOut San Diego, LA Weekly as well as a host of restaurants/clients.


Jim is often on the road traveling for food shoots and for inspiration. Recent travels for food shoots include Baja Mexico, Tomales Bay, Brooklyn and the Yucatan. In late 2017 he is scheduled to fly to Oaxaca to continue work on his cookbook, as well as Copenhagen and Hong Kong for editorial shoots.

To view his ongoing project of documenting Mexican Street food titled “Del Sur, click here.

To view some of his personal work, visit his Flickr page.

When not cooking or shooting, he can be found spending time with his other loves: his beautiful wife and little girl.