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Food Styling – and the true MVP Janice Poon

If you’ve ever watched a TV show or movie and thought the food looked really really good, then chances are they had a food stylist. Most people aren’t aware that this is even a real job, so it’s easy to forgive those in the majority.

If you’ve got good enough tastes that you’ve seen ‘Hannibal’ or ‘American Gods’ then you’ll have also seen the work of food stylist extraordinaire Janice Poon. While each show can stand on its own merits, the food styling adds another layer of decadence for the viewer’s visual palette. In a show like Hannibal where food is such an integral part of the named characters identity, it’s important that they get it right, and that they get it right consistently.

So what exactly does a food stylist do?

Food styling is the art of arranging food so that it looks tasty and fresh, and that’d make you think hey maybe I would try human if it was prepared like that. This skill is important in a number of situations, especially when the food is being photographed. A lot of the time the tricks that the stylists use mean you couldn’t actually eat the food, but really that isn’t the point.

Poon is at the top of her game and the top of her field. Her blog (and I’ve been nice enough to link you to the beginning) currently known as “American Gods Table, Feeding Hannibal” is a testament to the amount of work that goes into the behind-the-scenes for these shoots – and there is a lot of work to be done. Without ruining too much all I can recommend here is that you venture to the page yourself, and make sure that you have a morbid fascination when you do. Bon appetit. 

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