Chargrill Charlies / by Dominic Loneragan

The humble chicken shop is a big deal for Australians.

Traditionally consisting of a small nondescript corner-store with a rolling rotisserie, a spread salads. It's one of our country's great unifiers because no matter your status and style, we all come together over our love of meat and roasted vegetables.

But in a sea of chicken shops Chargrill Charlie's stands out.

For those not from Sydney, these guys are an institution and almost a rite of passage for any self-respecting foodie.

Famous for their celebrity fans (including Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, with Justin Beiber recently bringing his entourage to their Mosman store) as they are for their burgers, if you come to Sydney you have to make at least one stop here.

I was recently hired to capture the updated Chargrill Charlie's menu, as well as portraits with Steph Treeallen and Ella Dumbrell, the women behind @kolideinsta.


The challenge with capturing burgers is maintaining gloss and freshness even under strong lighting. It's not about using food styling gimmicks but rather working extremely quickly.

So what you're seeing is food shot at its preparation peak, exactly as it arrives when you order.