Monday, September 22, 2008

Food Styling

Hot Dog Stand I did food styling for with Chris Brown.

One of the perks of living in Los Angeles is being able to work on movie sets doing a little thing called “food styling” – something I only learned briefly about while taking some cooking classes in Dallas back in the day. Even though the instructor merely touched on the topic, I was intrigued, and once I moved to Los Angeles, I knew I had to try it.

Food styling is literally designing the way food looks for a scene. Today, my task is to design a great cafeteria scene and make it look authentic. Mixing set design with culinary technique is an interesting challenge. It’s a dirty (and, of course, yummy) job – but someone’s gotta do it!

Weekly Menu

Tilapia with a fresh salsa (fruit or tomato)
White rice
Steamed snow peas

For kids: Bake the fish with a little butter.

Rosemary & Garlic Roast Leg of Lamb
Rice Pilaf
Steamed Broccoli

For kids: If you have leftover fish, make fish tacos for the kids; if not, make chicken and broccoli.

Baked chicken stuffed with rice and green beans
(add pine nuts for fun)

For kids: Chop up chicken for the kids.

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas (you can use any leftover chicken from the night before)
Sliced Avocadoes
Black Beans and Sour Cream

For kids: Make cheese and chicken quesadillas for the kids.

Lasagna! Great for the whole family!