Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Stir up a smile!" This was a fun television commercial for Food Styl - Hershey's Chocolate Syrup -
Back to school snack time treats. Hershey's Syrup really does make ordinary milk - extraordinary!  -  Food styling for Tampa Bay & beyond.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Food Stylist's Anatomy of an Infomercial

Kat Barrott

I am a Food Stylist in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I've recently wrapped up a shoot for an infomercial for a soda making machine (Soda Boss) that features celebrity mixologist Russell Davis.

On this blog, I thought I'd begin with a walk through on how a food or drink infomercial flows.

Checking out the set helps with visualizing the concepts of the producer and vibe the set designer's have established.

This Soda Boss set is a fantastic display of the creativity behind the scene's - down to the custom painted black & white checkered floor.

I'm lucky to have Susan Parish Schwab as a Food Stylist Assistant on this shoot.

I consistently try to check how food is "reading on camera" while the show is airing for quality and display purposes.

I anticipate bar tools Russell Davis may want to use for his cocktail garnishes. I've cherry picked items from my standard tool box kit to have at his ready.

Shopping lists were made from the script and unloaded at the break of dawn.

 Russell Davis instructing me on his signature cocktail garnishes. Here he demonstrates a Lemon Flag - a fresh zest wedge to twist for a Martini.

I get busy kicking out garnishes, sans seeds.

Russell's mixology begins with fresh ingredients for contemporary and elegant simple syrups.

Recipe's are included with a Soda Boss and they are Boss!

If you have the opportunity to work with Russell - don't pass it up. Ask Susan and I think she'll agree; He's a great teacher and awesome boss in the kitchen!
Russell can whip up a cocktail in a flash and what's so cool about his drinks is that he has a history or a story with each drink he pours.

The shoot flies by without time to snap another pic and is now ready to break down.

The Soda Boss on set with cocktails and on set garnishes at the end of the shoot.

Hibiscus Tea, Citrus and Sangria Cocktails.

The infomercial shoot is over and these have been on set sitting patiently.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Stepped out Recipe - Television Food Shoot

Food styling this recipe shoot was a treat as I now have a wonderful recipe that I know I will want to make many times over.

Kraft's Creamy Baked Ziti

The easy preparation of this recipe adds even more pleasure enjoying a perfectly seasoned, sauced and creamy pasta casserole.

Who knew that Kraft's Philadelphia's Cream Cheese, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a "Touch of Philadelphia" and Kraft's Grated Parmesan Cheese and Sour Cream could bring together the most creamy and delicious pasta by adding Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce and Diced Tomatoes?

This recipe is going into my favorite's file! 

Here's a link to Kraft's recipe:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jimmy Dean

Food Styl recently styled a shoot for Jimmy Dean featuring great products that pack super flavors along with a bonus for convenient preparations!

Check out Jimmy Dean's website for information on protein and how it is the "Power" nutrient. I found it interesting to learn that our immune system uses protein as well as every cell in our bodies!

Jimmy Dean products are protein rich and their Delights products are calorie friendly with calorie content printed on the packaging for easy meal planning.

Food Styl - Contemporary Food styling for Television Commercials and Infomercials

Friday, July 11, 2014

Behind the scenes photo's from Ronco's Ready Grill television commercial

  Tablescape for Ronco's Ready Grill:

Ready Grill and BBQ Chicken is a great match!

Host Jeni Bond brings tasting samples over:
 Fajita's and Grilled Lobster:

My favorite fish photo, Ready Grilled Red Snapper!

Angel food Kabobs with Chocolate Sauce:

 Opening shot for Ready Grill, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Seafood and Steak Kabobs and Chicken Wings:

 An awesome kitchen, dining room and more for a television commercial's set!

 Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Vegetable Skewers:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tagine Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken is one of my very favorite chicken dishes. For this infomercial shoot I was able to food style this dish out in an authentic Tagine pot.

Tandoori spice is a mix of many different spices. Rajah Tandoori is my favorite mix not only for it's color, but for the flavors.

The sliced Tandoori Chicken breast is paired with Israeli Couscous, Potatoes, Green Beans and Tandoori grilled Onion Rings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter 2014 - Savory Waffles and Easter Dinner

Lifestyle expert, Amy Sewell with Tampa's Daytime host Jerry Penacoli presenting trending Easter products for 2014.
We made these Savory Waffles with Roth's Grand Cru Alpine-Style Cheese. These waffles cut in bite size slices make a unique presentation and easy hors d'oeuvre. Find the recipe here.
Omaha Steaks' Easter Dinner Combo is a Family holiday feast, including sides and dessert. Food Styl garnished this smoked Ham with Fresh Raspberries & Oranges and a nest of fun chocolate filled eggs we added for this Daytime shows airing.

Cindi Edwards & Jerry Penacoli sampling Omaha's Steaks' Easter Dinner Combo.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Semi Sweet Chocolate and Honey Cinnamon Granola

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Semi Sweet Chocolate and Honey Cinnamon Granola

For this camera food shot the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins & Granola are the hero with the Espresso Coffee as a welcome morning addition for a focal point. The lighting was set to mimic a warm outdoorsy sunrise.