Hi, I am Nidhi Sampat,

I'm a Melbourne-based Food/Product Stylist, Photographer & Recipe Developer. I moved from Bombay to Australia 8 years ago to live with my husband. I am a proud bunny mama to the fluffiest bunny.

I am 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. 

My images are Bold, Elegant, and Clean, showcasing 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.

I often employ a Storytelling form of styling for my photos allowing 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, I love to create 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 palette.

My Food is my Story.

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

Nidhi X