Food stylists generally have an interest in food and art. They may or may not have a background in art, design, or styling. Food stylists often have a background in food preparation, food terms, food coordination, and the way certain foods generally look and feel. Many employers require the completion of art and/or culinary school.
A food stylist should be prepared to be flexible when it comes to styling. He or she should be able to work independently or on a team of food stylists and staff. He or she has to have coordination and drive and to be able to work well with different types of people, including a photographers and clients.
A zest and passion for culinary arts is a plus. Food styling can be a labor intensive job, and a food stylist will need to be able to perform many different tasks, including lifting, carrying, shoving, pulling, standing, sitting, and crouching. These stylists will need to be prepared to change things up at a moment’s notice. Time management and flexibility are also things a food stylist will want to be able to shine in. Many times, the work environment is fast-paced, and food stylists will need to think fast on their feet. Above all, food stylists need to stand out in creativity and show people what makes them special or different.