The Diary: Restaurant's story is told chapter and verse
"It was definitely one of the easier jobs I've done, no grappling with posing or requests to shoot from other angles," renowned photographer Barry McCall told The Diary at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Monday evening.
He was there for the launch of Michelin-starred Chapter One's new book, Chapter One: An Irish Food Story, by resident chef Ross Lewis and front-of-house extraordinaire Martin Corbett.
Barry was a hot topic of conversation, as he was the man behind the stunning imagery that complements the 90 elaborate recipes in the coffee table read.
It's been a busy few months for him, as in-between travelling the length and breadth of the country to shoot portraits of Ross and Martin's artisan suppliers, he spent time in the studio with rockabilly singer Imelda May to shoot the cover for her forthcoming 2014 album.
"She looks absolutely incredible, sensational," he said of mother-of-one Imelda.
Guests, which included Justice Adrian Hardiman and his wife Justice Yvonne Murphy, nibbled on smoked mackerel pâté, homemade spiced sausage rolls and mini caramel and chocolate tarts, while glasses of Chilean Corinto, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet did the rounds on silver trays.
Mary Hanafin mingled at one side of the gallery, while Mary O'Rourke had the best view in the room, seating herself next to where Ross greeted guests and signed copies.
"I've a bad hip, so I'm giving myself a rest," Mary told The Diary. "I love the entrées, so I'll definitely be trying some of those at home," she said before calling on David Norris, who helped launch the book, for a chat.
"We're toasting a work of art in a temple of art works so it's quite fitting in my view," David told me, before his speech of praise for Ross and Martin.
There was even support from the competition, with Kevin Dundon and l'Ecrivain's Derry Clarke getting a copy signed.