Food styling at Delish is always fun because the team there strives to create work that is playful, unexpected, and (in the words of site-director Jo Saltz) “just a step below disgusting”. I was once told to make a photo look like a raccoon had gotten onto the set. In addition to my regular duties as a food stylist, I’ve donned a gorilla glove, a Santa suit, and made cheeseballs the size of some house cats in their kitchens.
Above all, the team at Delish produces. They create more content on a daily basis than any other group I’ve worked with, and there is no question that they have quickly become one of the most successful digital lifestyle brands. Recently, Delish broke away from the internet to publish their first hard-bound cookbook, and I was happy to help! Some of my favorite images from the book are below.
The best part of being a food stylist is having the opportunity to play, and this shoot for Financial Times Magazine was just that. Photographer David Brandon Geeting, prop stylist Amy Wilson, and I created a suite of images to pair with Tim Hayward’s memories of his childhood Christmas celebrations. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season!
One of my favorite tasks as a food stylist is when I get to write with food. I've been lucky to have had lots of opportunities to work on my calligraphy skills over the years. Here are some of my favorite pieces so far.
I was asked by Stella Artois to create the food for a series of advertisements in which groups of friends were enjoying meals together. The shoot consisted of both still photos and video sequences, which was a recipe for long hours and multiple takes. The client was looking for food that felt elevated and elegant, and the talent had to interact with it in a way that felt natural. As a food stylist it is always challenging to create an environment that feels like the best version of real life, especially when the camera is constantly moving and the actors are (appearing to be) eating it... sometimes for 4 or 5 hours at a time! I'm quite pleased with how these images came out!
Photos by Christina Holmes
File it under the category of bizarre requests. Floral breakfasts for Kheil's highlighting the botanicals in their Daily Reviving Concentrate.
Winter's finally on the wing, but there's still enough of a chill in the air to spend an afternoon cooking up a pot of soup, especially if you happen to be in Poland. I developed these two broth recipes for Magazyn Smak with the idea that they would store well in the freezer and can be dressed up with whatever ingredients you happen to have available when the craving hits. Hit me up if your Polish is a little rusty and you need a translation. Photographs by Christina Holmes and props by Alistair Turnbull
I teamed up with Mouthfeel Productions to create a series of Thanksgiving web videos for Bon Appetit featuring food editor Dawn Perry. Each video provides a simple trick to prevent the most common mishaps of the biggest meal of the year. Watch them after the jump, and stay tuned for more tips as the holidays approach!
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