Food styling

Did you ever order a Happy Meal and get something that looked considerably unlike the picture of the Happy Meal that was on the wall?

That’s called food styling.

It’s a whole sorta kinda culinary career path based on making food look more appetizing in an ad or a food magazine feature than it will look when you make the dish or buy it.

Some guy named Jeff Kay in Scranton, Pa., did a whole web page of photos showing the ad version next to the real deal. Sometimes, it really isn’t pretty.

I don’t think I’ll ever be tempted again by the KFC Famous Bowl.


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In culinary school and getting ready to trade the writing life for the cooking life. Or not. Might do both. At the moment I'm a feature writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. My name is Pat Carroll.

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