Well, the Cake Show in Orlando certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact it more than lived up to my expectations. A visual feast of absolutely amazing cake creations, including a truly spectacular edible fashion show.

Back home, I’ve been focusing on some stunning creations of my own during a 6-week food styling course for home economists and food stylists at Leiths School of Food and Wine in West London. Designed to enhance the skills of a home economist, the aim of the course is to get food looking its best for photographic purposes - this could be for packaging, magazines or cookery books. (Although some of the tools and tricks used to make food look fabulous on camera actually make it inedible!).

Food styling is something I love doing. I have been very lucky to work on some really creative projects for a variety of clients, including a baking book which is now a bestseller. It was good to be able to draw on some of these experiences during the course and I picked up some great new ideas too.

We covered a variety of topics on the course:

  • supermarket ready meals

  • what makes the best food styling tool kit

  • photography consultation on what makes the best shot

  • hands on styling projects including Victoria sponges, greek salads, granola and burgers

My favourite brief was working as a part of a team to present a Victoria sandwich in a contemporary patisserie style with only 20 minutes to deliver it, the result can be seen as my blog image.

I’m really pleased with how the course went. Not only have I come away with a number of skills to further my journey as a Home Economist and Food Stylist, I met some fab people and made excellent new contacts too.

And I’ve got a fantastic shot taken in the final photo-shoot to add to my portfolio.  If you are interested in receiving my bio or my image, please get in touch.

I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in to my next home economist role with Mich Turner in the next few weeks , but first the little matter of fancy festivities and festive fancies awaits…

Enjoy!

Emma

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PS Keep your eyes peeled for a pic of my Christmas Cakes in Surrey Downs magazine!