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Food Stylist



A food stylist designs, prepares and styles food for photography or on-air demonstration.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Stylize food items for photography and videography
  • Go through a recipe step by step for on-air or video food demonstration
  • Maintain and clean test kitchen or demonstration area as well as cooking equipment and utensils
  • Consult with marketing and food production staff as to which foods or recipes should be photographed or presented
  • Purchase food and recipe items needed for presentation
  • Utilize props such as silverware, plates and fabric to stylize the food
  • May at times conduct live demonstrations at industry or private events; organize supplies and ingredients needed to do so


What education and training is required?

A minimum of an associate’s degree in culinary arts, baking arts, nutrition or a related field is required to become a food stylist.


To pursue a career as a Food Stylist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, home economics, family consumer sciences, and art.


Where can I work?

Food companies and manufacturers, restaurant chains as well as meat and produce advocacy organizations employ food stylists. You may also be self-employed.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a food stylist will be fair over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • American Culinary Federation
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