Welcome to Cocoa & Chili

Food, Beverage, Props & Products

Styling, Photography &

Recipe Development

Hello & welcome to my page, if you are here you must be in search of some scrumptious photos and recipes for your brand. Let's take a wander about and see what I can do for you.

Hi, I am Nidhi Sampat,


I'm a Melbourne-based Food/Product Stylist, Photographer & Recipe Developer. I moved from Bombay to Australia 10 years ago to live with my husband. I am a proud bunny mama to the fluffiest bunny.


A Chocoholic who loves Chocolate just as much as Chilies hence the name Cocoa & Chili. It also combines Indian heritage & my formal training in French Patisserie. 


Creating images that are Bold, Elegant, and Clean, to showcase food to be the real hero. When I photograph food & develop recipes, I try to draw on the deep-rooted emotional connection that food has in our lives. Be it the nostalgia of fun childhood treats to the effortless luxury of a special evening of celebration. Food has the power to evoke memories and emotions that I convey by creating captivating visuals for brands.

Employing a Storytelling form of styling for my photos allow the ingredients and food to shine.


I love creating desserts and food with unique flavour pairings, just as much as I love making handmade pasta and cheeky cocktails. Traditional Indian food is an everyday affair but, my passion lies in creating Modern Indian dishes that show that Indian food is 'More Than Just a Curry' and can be as refined and sophisticated on the plate as it is on the palate.

My Food is my Story!

Let's Work together by allowing me to be a part of your food story!


Nidhi X