About Hein van Tonder

For as long as memory serves, I have references and recollections that involve food. This passion has brought me to create and develop Heinstirred. As a South African food photographer, stylist and writer based in Cape Town, I’m at my happiest in the kitchen, behind the camera or better still, both.


My work has been featured on food24.comfood52.com, Huffington Post USA, Canada and UK, Conde Naste Traveler, Elle Decor Sweden, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn, brit.co and feedfeed.info. I contribute regularly to the Sunday Times Food Weekly and Food and Home Entertaining while Photography & Video clients include Taste MagazineFood and Home EntertainingOne and Only Cape Town, The Test Kitchen, House and Leisure Nobu Cape Town, Reubens Cape Town and Pink Lady Apples SA, Striped Horse Beer and The Kove Collection.

Awards include being the Winner of the Food Blogger category in the 2017 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition; Finalist in the Marks and Spencer Food Portraiture as well as the Food Blogger categories in the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition; Category Runner Up in the 2016 Njord Sustainable Food Photo Competition, Finalist in the Food Blogger category of the 2015 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition and Runner Up in the Food & Wine Category of the 2015 African Blogger Awards.

Ever evolving as a food lover, my favourite pastime is travelling to eat with itineraries built around flavours, meals and restaurants. My latest eating trips include Beirut and Copenhagen, allowing me to discover cuisines that easily rival my love for all things Italian.

I have been most fortunate to have worked on or contribute to the following books:
La Creuzette – The Story of a House (2016) (Quivertree Publications) : Photographer
Cobb Recipe Book (2016) : Photographer, Stylist and Contributor
Sunday Times Food Weekly 4 (2015) (Times Media) : Contributor and Contributing Photographer

This blog is as much a personal food and photography journey as it is a current reflection of my portfolio of work. Get in touch with me regarding recipe development, brand content, food photography, styling, lifestyle photography and writing. My portfolio can be viewed here and my video channel here

I work mostly in natural light (of which there is in abundance in Cape Town) with a Nikon D850 and various lenses to best capture the images and flavours. Most photographs and recipes are available for purchase with sales managed by StockFood.

Media Kit available on request

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EMAIL hein at heinstirred dot com
TWITTER @heinstirred
INSTAGRAM @heinstirred
FACEBOOK heinstirred

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Please don’t use any of the content on the blog without my permission as all copyright belongs to Hein van Tonder

Photo by Anna Dabrowska



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