Food stylists have a new role to play in the entertainment industry. The general public’s taste has grown more sophisticated, creating a need for real food versus plastic food on screen. The new movie, Julie & Julia, is precisely the place that food is most crucial to the plot. In a movie about food, the dishes need to inspire the audience’s eyes so much so that the mouth begins to water. With this ‘real food’ impetus, so too are the actors treated with a courtesy unique to taste buds.
Of course, there are plenty of times a food stylist has to employ tricks. Cherry pies are filled with mashed potatoes, poultry is partly roasted and painted with Kitchen Bouquet, glycerin and water make beads of sweat on glasses, and ice cream is wrapped around dry-ice nuggets so it won’t melt.