FOOD BEHIND THE SCENES
OGLING AT THAT GLISTENING BIRD? IT’S RAW INSIDE.
The whole turkeys are first sprayed, usually with a browning ‘sauce’ which comprises of dish washing liquid + oil+ water + food colouring. They are then blowtorched till they gleam the perfect color. However, they are uncooked and raw like your fresh wound. And if that weren’t enough, the chicken is plumped up with newspaper and crumpled up paper towels.
LOOKS LIKE ICE CREAM? TASTES LIKE LARD.
Ice cream is typically made from animal fats and powdered sugar and coloured to simulate different flavours. In some cases, a food stylist might also fake ice cream with vegetable shortening as it scoops perfectly and stays camera-ready for hours.
DO YOU PREFER YOUR CEREAL DRY OR WITH GLUE?
Milk used in cereal photos is usually fake since the real stuff makes the quickly makes cornflakes look soggy, food stylists have come up with alternatives. old-school method of white glue, which photographs just like the real deal.
WANT THE GARNISHES TO FLOAT? SIMPLE, THROW IN A HANDFUL OF GLASS MARBLES.
TAMPONS? NOT ONLY USED DURING THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.
That moment when steam rises up from pasta like mist over a mountain is hard to capture naturally on camera. You can get the same effect by microwaving water-soaked tampons (cotton balls work too) and burying them behind a dish. (steam should always be shot against a dark background)
LIP STICKS? NOT JUST FOR YOUR LIPS.
Lipsticks are used to redden berries and to cover up the blemishes.