My interest in Swedish Food Culture began during my first visit to Sweden in August when the entire country was preparing for the annual Crayfish premier. All I really knew about Sweden was Abba, Volvo, Swedish meatballs and the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show who really has no connection to Sweden. Having met a Swede whose mother was a chef and owned a restaurant I was immersed in the culture and culinary Sweden and not only got to celebrate the annual traditions such as the Christmas Julbord but also the everyday traditional Swedish meals. Having grown up in Alberta, in Canada, where meals were very multicultural Sweden was a bit of a culture shock in the way that everything was still very Swedish.
After working for years as a waitress in the food industry including the family restaurant I studied photojournalism and went on to spend 15 years as an editorial photographer. I recently completed an MA degree in photojournalism in Sweden and also a Food Photography and Styling at Le Cordon Bleu in London. During that time, I worked on this ongoing project documenting Swedish food culture. The project recently won a stipend from the Swedish Photographers Association in Sweden (Svenska Fotografers Förbund SFF), allowing me to continue with the project.
Over the years I have seen the food culture changing in Sweden along with the country itself. With this ongoing project, I aim to capture Swedish food culture from the past and also what it has become and what it will become.