Simon Bajada

Simon Bajada is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the world of food and travel photography. A former chef, he has authored three cookbooks on Baltic and Nordic cuisine. In addition to Food & Wine, his photography and recipes have appeared in Delicious, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, and others.

Simon Bajada worked as a professional chef and food stylist for a decade before pursuing a career in photography full-time. He published his first cookbook, The New Nordic in 2015, followed by Nordic Light in 2016 and Baltic in 2019, which focused on the cuisines of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Bajada was awarded 1st prize at the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards in 2019. He is a regular contributor to various food and travel publications, including Afar, National Geographic, House & Garden, and Gourmet Traveler. His latest cookbook, Malta: Mediterranean Recipes From The Islands, which focuses on the food of his cultural heritage, was published in July 2023.

Simon Bajada graduated from the University of South Australia where he studied marketing management. He is also a graduate of the International College of Hotel Management.

Current location: Stockholm, Sweden